Nursing mothers need support to continue breastfeeding

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TO MARK the start of the World Breastfeeding Week, the Obstetrics and Gynaecology wards at the Women and Children’s Centre of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital yesterday gave away nursing covers.

A total of 37 breastfeeding mothers registered to the centre received the covers presented by Hjh Siti Mariam Hj Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The World Breastfeeding Week is observed from August 1-7.

At the event yesterday, Hjh Siti Mariam visited a mini exhibition displaying posters on the importance of breastfeeding.

She also visited the centre’s first class ward and post natal ward to hand over the gifts and breastfeeding covers to mothers of the newborn babies.

The breastfeeding covers can be used by nursing mothers who would want privacy when nursing in public places.

A statement provided at the event underlined three important factors in determining the success of breastfeeding, which include time, space and support.

To achieve so, cooperation and commitment from government agencies and private sector to provide breastfeeding facilities are encouraged.

The facilities can be a breastfeeding room, a corner of any safe space at or near the worksite. Also, they should provide a clean work environment safe from hazardous waste and chemicals.

The statement added, women who work and breastfeed need support from employers, management, superiors and co-workers in terms of positive attitudes and creating a conducive environment towards breastfeeding.

This year’s theme of “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work” has the objectives to galvanise multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed, to promote actions by employers to become family and mother-friendly and to actively facilitate and support employed women to continue their breastfeeding efforts.

Yesterday’s event also saw the presentation of badges to 17 breastfeeding advisors, comprising health professionals, including nurses who have completed the centre’s breastfeeding course.

One of the badge recipients, Hjh Si-Rose Hj Musa, who is also a nurse, said that this year’s breastfeeding course is organised on a monthly basis.

The three-day course is facilitated by trainers who had completed their 40-hour breastfeeding course.

The training is aimed at equipping the participants to learn more about matters related to breastfeeding such as how to explain and assist nursing mothers to breastfeed and identity problems arise if they refuse to breastfeed.

“Among other benefits of breastfeeding, it can reduce the risk of asthma in infancy,” said Hjh Si-Rose.

The Brunei Times