Women informed about the importance of breastfeeding

2019-08-20 06:00
Community member Elaine Williams stands with Sister Gadija Dyers, holding her goodie bag, and shares that she is never too old to learn and will be a breastfeeding advocate within her community for younger mothers.

Community member Elaine Williams stands with Sister Gadija Dyers, holding her goodie bag, and shares that she is never too old to learn and will be a breastfeeding advocate within her community for younger mothers.

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The Lotus River Community Day Centre hosted a breastfeeding information and awareness programme on Thursday 8 August in honour of Women’s Month.

The programme was initiated by Aiesha Mohammed, a dietician, who identified the need to empower mothers, expectant mothers and caregivers with information and guidelines to make informed choices around breastfeeding.

Basic Antenatal Care (Banc) clients, partners and caregivers attended the programme and were treated to a warm cup of hot chocolate from Lisa Adams, the nursing sister.

Attendees engaged in fun and games, and Rene Daniels, a health promoter from Lotus River Community Day Centre, held an informative talk on the right to breastfeed in the workplace and social grants for single unemployed mothers.

Mothers who can breastfeed are encouraged to do it exclusively for the first thousand days of their child’s life.

Davids said breastfeeding is the easiest, healthiest and most economical way to feed your newborn baby.

“Our information shows that breastfed babies have fewer sick days than formula-fed babies. There is also a huge information gap among our teen moms,” said Davids.

Davids said by getting the older carers like grannies involved, you gain support needed to create more awareness around the topic of “breast is best”.

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