Keeping parents abreast

2019-08-13 06:00
The health team at Green Point Community Day Centre, led by facility manager, Sister Anette Neethling (third from the left).

The health team at Green Point Community Day Centre, led by facility manager, Sister Anette Neethling (third from the left).

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Green Point Community Day Centre and District Six Community Day Centre (CDC) held talks to mark World Breastfeeding Week.

Themed “Empower parents – enable breastfeeding”, the annual event took place from Thursday 1 August to Wednesday 7 August.

Staff at the facilities educated parents about the importance of breastfeeding and raised awareness on the fact that it is not only the baby who benefits from drinking breast milk.

Natalie Watlington, a spokesperson for health, says: “The benefits of breastfeeding expand beyond the baby and reaches into the community.

“The health department encourages breastfeeding and has interwoven and highlighted breastfeeding on as many agendas and platforms as possible, and in health facilities.”

She says although breastfeeding is spoken about daily and has spilt over beyond breastfeeding week, creating awareness on a community platform requires more attention and expansion.

Theo Abrahams, facility manager of the District Six CDC, adds they are proud to be a part of Breastfeeding Week.

He says the CDC is doing daily breastfeeding promotion talks. It works with its partners to promote the importance of breastfeeding and to make its service more responsive to any queries service users may have.

A patient, Fateh Ghelazi, father to two-year-old Basheer Ghelazi and nine-month-old Diae Ghelazi, attended the Green Point CDC’s awareness programme.

“Both my sons have been breastfed, even my two-year-old is still being breastfed. They have not had any serious health issues. We only visit the clinic for their check-ups,” Ghelazi says.

Although the advantages of breastfeeding for the child is well-know, parents aren’t always aware of how it can benefit them. Listed below is what a mother gains from prolonged breastfeeding as per the antenatal education package:

  • It helps contract the uterus and helps stop bleeding after delivery;
  • It helps with losing weight gained during pregnancy;
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer;
  • It reduces the occurrence of post-partum depression;
  • It promotes bonding between mother and baby;
  • It is cost-effective.

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