Mothers get help with baby care

2017-11-14 06:00
Mothers had the opportunity to visit the various stalls for information and demonstrations.

Mothers had the opportunity to visit the various stalls for information and demonstrations.

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Breastfeeding was in the spotlight on Tuesday last week thanks to a joint venture by the provincial health department and the City of Cape Town’s health ­services.

The importance of feeding in babies’ first 1000 days of life, their proper care and health were key points of interactive stations that explained washing techniques and overall health and wellness for mothers and babies.

Several speakers also shared their knowledge with the 100 mothers who attended the event at the Swartklip indoor sports complex from 10:00 to noon.

Breastfeeding babies is the most effective way to combat the rates of child mortality and infant morbidity in the Western Cape.

Challenges have been identified with the promotion of exclusive and continued breastfeeding.

Contributing factors that deter mothers from exclusively breastfeeding include skill, support and advocacy. This was the main driving force behind the initiative.

Some of the partners included NGOs such as the Parent Centre, In the Public’s Interest, the YMCA, Arisen Women and the health department’s occupational ­therapists.

Speakers shared information on the importance of breastfeeding, HIV and breastfeeding, support for mothers and maternity ­protection.


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