World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration that is held every year from the 1st – 7th August in many countries around the world.
This year’s celebration is under the theme, “Protect Breastfeeding: A shared Responsibility”.
The Week is aimed at promoting the value of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months for mothers as well as children.
Speaking to UniversNews, Principal Nutrition Officer at the Ayawaso-West Municipal Health Directorate Rita Quaadu expounded on what breast milk is for the baby.
“Breast milk is the essential milk and food for the baby, it contains all vital nutrients necessary for the child’s growth and development,”
Also, a Principal Nutrition Officer at the Ayawaso–West Municipal Health Directorate Mirabel Asomoya stated the need for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for not less than the stipulated period of six months.
“The first six months are very vital. Babies are our future leaders and these are the babies we expect to grow well, become productive and promote good development. The fundamentals are very important, if the baby does not get the right nutrition from conception to delivery, it could affect the child’s overall physical and mental development. We should remember that good nutrition promotes good health and good health is good wealth.”
Health Promotions Officer at the Ayawaso–West Municipal Health Directorate, Naomi Donkor speaking on the challenges lactating mothers face in their career, suggested some possible measures that could be adopted to encourage breastfeeding in the life of career women.
“It is really a challenge when the mother starts working after her 3 months leave from work, this is because there are no available structures at the workplaces for mothers to breastfeed their what we call ‘baby corners’ for lactating mothers to go to feed their babies and also that there is an extension of the 3 months leave period for lactating mothers to a six- month period.”
Breastfeeding is very vital to the optimal growth and development of the child and all relevant structures of the society are entreated to put their weight behind making exclusive six months of breastfeeding a possibility.