GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Stakeholders met on Thursday in preparation for World Breastfeeding Week which is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Stakeholders include Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the Department of Labour within the aforementioned ministry, Educare Foundation, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) Breastfeeding Committee, midwife R. Janga and the White & Yellow Cross District Nursing.
One of the first activities is set for August 1 which is Family Fun Day at the Emilio Wilson Estate from 12.00pm to 6.00pm. The general public is invited out to spend a relaxing afternoon with their family members on Saturday.
CPS along with the other stakeholders have a month-long public awareness campaign planned that includes a Breastfeeding March on August 7 starting at5.30pm from the Court House in Philipsburg up Front Street to the Emmaplein and then down Back Street and up the alley by the House of Parliament ending at the Court House.
A Breastfeeding Café is set for August 12 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Baby Clinic; on August 22 from 10.00am to 11.30am there will be ‘Toddler Time’ at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library; and on August 28 starting at 7.30pm there will be an Expo at SMMC.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old.
Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
World Breastfeeding Week also commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Stakeholders meeting at CPS Conference room on Thursday in connection with World Breastfeeding Week and a month long of public awareness activities. DCOMM Photo