By Dorica Mtenje
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-As the country join the rest of the World in commemorating world breastfeeding week from 1 to 7 August, Ministry of Health is set to allow women to breastfeed in their working places.
Minister of Health, Khumbize Chiponda Kandodo said this on Monday during the official breastfeeding launch week at Chiwamba in Lilongwe.
Khumbize said the week is cerebrated every year with the aim of protecting and supporting exclusive breastfeeding as the natural and best way of feeding infants from birth to 6 months.
She said women in rural areas are making good progress with breastfeeding unlike those living in urban areas as they relay much on baby feeds.
The minister said will mobilise members of parliament to be on forefront in bring their children to the August house for breastfeeding.
She said the ministry will run up activities that will strengthen up breastfeeding week in both hospitals and communities.
Concurring with the Minister, World Health Organization, Country representative, Neema Kimambo said the week is about spreading awareness about importance of breastfeeding and it’s need in the lives of babies and mothers
Kimambo said breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
She said WHO is currently supporting Malawi in training health workers vto provide skilled support to breastfeeding mothers and help them overcome problems and monitor the growth of children.
In his remarks remarks ,United Nations Children Fund(UNICEF)Representative, Rudolf Schwenk said they are ensuring and providing a supportive environment for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children during the first six weeks of life.
Schwenk said mothers are suppose to be given conducive environment to breastfeed whether at home ,work places or in their communities.
He said the rise in exclusive breastfeeding rates has been a success because of joint effort from various stakeholders supporting the agenda at national,community and healthy facilities levels
The commemoration was cerebrated under a theme Step up for breastfeeding, Educate and support.