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Hundreds of Philippine mums in show of support for breast-feeding

Hundreds of Philippine mothers simultaneously nursed their babies in public today, some of them two at a time, in a government-backed mass breastfeeding event aimed at combating child deaths. About 1,500 women, some of them wearing tiaras and superhero T-shirts, sat on the vast floor of a Manila stadium and let their babies suckle to the beat of dance music. Breastfeeding is love. It is difficult, but we do it for love, said Abegirl Limjap, a pregnant 38-year-old property manager in a Super Mom superhero costume as she nursed her two boys, one aged five and the other 11 months. The annual event aims to draw public support for a government campaign to get more mothers to switch to breast milk from infant formula, organiser Rose Padua told AFP. The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children s Fund recommend that children be given breast milk within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for their first six months. Globally however, three in five babies ..

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