Journal article

Maternity protection policies and the enabling environment for breastfeeding in the Philippines: a qualitative study (Maramag CC, Zambrano P, et al. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2023)

10 Nov 23
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Maternity Protection, Research
Location: East Asia Pacific, The Philippines
Language(s): English
Audience: Employers, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy, Strategic use of data
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The Philippines has enacted maternity protection policies, such as the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law and the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. This study aimed to review the content and implementation of maternity protection policies in the Philippines and assess their role in enabling recommended breastfeeding practices. It also identified bottlenecks to successful implementation from the perspectives of mothers and their partners, employers, and authorities from the government and non-government organizations involved in developing, implementing, monitoring, and enforcing maternity protection policies.