- Strengthening the Integration of Breastfeeding Education and Sustaining the Operation of Lactation Stations in Schools
- DepEd Order No. 080-12
October 23, 2012
DEPED ORDER NO. 080-12
STRENGTHENING THE INTEGRATION OF BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION IN THE CURRICULUM, SETTING UP AND SUSTAINING THE OPERATION OF LACTATION STATIONS IN SCHOOLS AND COMPLIANCE WITH
|Directors of Services, Centers and Heads of Units|
|Schools Division/City Superintendents|
|Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools|
1. Pursuant to , the Department of Education (DepEd), reiterates its full support for the government's campaign to promote the practice of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is duly recognized to benefit the health of infants, mother-child bonding, and the public health services system, among other positive longer term implications for society as a whole. HSDaTC
2. In this regard, all school officials are directed to set up lactation stations, in their respective jurisdictions as well as strengthen, sustain, and enhance the same. Lactation stations must be equipped with a lavatory for handwashing, a refrigerator for storing expressed breast milk, electrical outlets for breast pumps, a small table, and comfortable seats (in compliance with Chapter III, Section 11 of the aforementioned law).
3. School officials are also enjoined to further intensify and strengthen the integration of breastfeeding education in the curriculum, specifically in relevant subjects in the elementary and secondary levels as required in Section 15 of the same law.
4. In compliance with Adopting a , school officials are enjoined to strengthen the prohibition of the following:
a. posting and/or distribution of advertisements, promotion, or marketing of infant formula and related products;
b. distribution of milk samples and supplies by companies manufacturing infant formula products; and
c. donations from manufacturers and distributors of such products, among others, in the school setting.
5. Moreover, school officials are enjoined to engage the active participation of parents and other members of the community in the breastfeeding campaign. This is expected to transform the role of families and the community in an effort to improve children's health as well as strengthen their commitment to good nutrition and health-enhancing practices.
6. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed. EacHSA
(SGD.) BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC