Higher rice prices affecting infants’ health: study
The rising price of rice is disrupting infant nutrition by forcing mothers to give them other food earlier aside from breast milk and rice.
A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) quoted by BusinessMirror said when rice prices increase, the health of breastfeeding mothers deteriorate because cheaper substitutes are resorted to.
This leads to less breast milk produced for infants or a complete stop to breastfeeding so that mothers could work to supplement the family income.
This also means an increase in rice prices, results in a decline in the incomes of -based households, contrary to the belief that they earn more.