Families and young children are welcome. The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce recently named her Entrepreneur of the Year.
It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Enumerating on this to participants and health personnel at the world breastfeeding week symposium, with theme, "Breastfeeding: Foundation of life" organized by the Institute of Child Health (ICH), UNIBEN/UBTH, in collaboration with Department of worldwide and Global Studies, Mercer University, USA, Professor Eregie observed that it was a technical misnomer to refer to some entities as breast milk substitutes, as alternative food, for feeding babies. Women who find themselves in this situation need support and affirmation as well.
What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding?
"Also, proper weaning method should be adopted at the right time because we advise that all babies should be breastfed exclusively in the first six months of life and breast milk should be part of the baby's menu for at least two years". For instance, children experience fewer ear infections, lower rates of childhood obesity, and are less likely to have asthma.
Eregie noted that optimal breastfeeding - 0-6months (baby friendly) and continued breastfeeding, up to eighteen months, (2yrs), helped females keep their hormones in check, allowing for a natural birth control process, as females only get pregnant after they wean (stop breastfeeding) their child which aid maternal longevity and health. Breastfeeding makes economic sense as well, being a more affordable option than purchasing formula.
Messages around new mothers struggling with low milk supply, and toddlers needing "toddler milk" to supplement their diets are both unhelpful and untrue. According to Carrie Polley, WIC Coordinator, for Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties and Chris Davis, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, this collaboration could lead to higher breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, healthier babies, and closer families. The public is invited to take in a Breastfeeding Walk this Wednesday on the front lawn of the State Capitol. In addition, many workplaces and organizations are providing support to breastfeeding mothers.
While at present, all provinces have adopted laws to promote breastfeeding, implementation of the Protection of Breast-Feeding and Child Nutrition Ordinance, 2002 needs to be prioritised.
Breastfeeding has also been identified as a high-impact intervention to achieve the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030), which was launched alongside the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap for ending preventable deaths in a generation.