Mahalapye — Mothers have been encouraged to breastfeed their babies so that the pandemic may find them strong and healthy.

“Children who are breastfed are less likely to be sick,” Dr Denise Memo told his audience during Wednesday’s commemoration of World Breasfeeding Week, which falls August 1-7.

Addressing the public at Mowana Health Post in Mahalapye, Dr Memo therefore encouraged mothers to breastfeed their children for three to four years.

In cases where mothers had to go back to school or work, they should breastfeed for at least six months, she said.

Dr Memo also encouraged men to support women, explaining that breastfeeding was not only for women but for the whole family.

She stated that a breastfeeding mother was not supposed to perform much of the household chores as she was likely to experience backbone pains adding that men and other family members should therefore be supportive.

In an interview, Ms Dudu Molebalwa of Baby Mother Friendly Hospital Initiative, the event organisers, said the theme for the week was “supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet.”

She explained that the theme focused on the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people.

For her part, Mahalapye District Hospital health education officer, Ms Masego Champion emphasised hygiene stating that breastfeeding mothers should always wash their hands with clean and soapy water.

She encouraged the public to adhere to COVID-19 regulations and most importantly avoid unnecessary trips.

Another speaker, Mowana Clinic health education assistant, Ms Oitiretse Kebasitile, lamented that some adults refused to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Parents, she said, should set a good example for their children as teachers were already complaining that learners were failing to comply with set rules.

Source : BOPA

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