The Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi has urged breastfeeding mothers to frequently donate milk to the province’s four Breast milk Banks at Sebokeng Regional Hospital, Kalafong Tertiary Hospital, Steve Biko Academic Hospital and Leratong Ragional Hospital to help admitted pre-term infants to get nutritious meals, as the global family commemorates the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) which it is observed annually from 1 to 7 August 2021.
This year’s commemorations are observed under the theme “Protect Breastfeeding: A shared Responsibility”. The theme puts an emphasis on collaborative effort between government and other stakeholders in creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment, that protects and support breastfeeding.
MEC Dr Mokgethi says as society, they have a shared responsibility to promote, protect and support breastfeeding to ensure children receive the best start in life, optimal health now and in future. This cuts across society; they should encourage breastfeeding at their homes, at work and in their communities.
She furthermore added that infant formula does not match up to breast milk; with breast milk, the baby receives optimal nutrition and there are lifetime health benefits for the child. Adults who were breastfed as babies may have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes mellitus and heart disease.