By Ntsoaki Motaung
Her majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso offered her presets to children born in Butha-Buthe hospital and to women who best attended clinics during pregnancy and after for the health of their kids inButha-Buthe hospital Ha Molapo today.
On her remarks the Queen said that on this breast feeding week together UNICEF and WHO are calling on the government and all employed to adopt family-friendly policies that support breast feeding. These include for example, paid parents leave to enable breast feeding and to help parents nurture and bond with their children in the early life, as that is when it matters most.
Lesotho is one of the countries which has increased exclusive breast feeding rates since 2009 from 54% to 67% in 2014 which is above the world Health Assembly target. It is worth highlighting that in Lesotho almost children (95%) are breastfed at some point in their life, two thirds of infants under 6 months being exclusively breastfed. This has been achieved under the patronage of Her Majesty as champions for child health in the country.
First week of August is celebrated as the national Breast Feeding week so as to encourage women to breast feed their children from the day of birth to at least two years. This year’s theme for this week says, ‘Empower parents enable breast feeding Now and for the future.’
Dr Susan Temba, the acting Country preparative from world Health Organization WHO says they call for growth commitment from policy and decision-makers to the entire world that the International coder of making Beast feeding sustainable and relevant World Assembly resolution are fully implemented and monitored.
WHO firmly believes that empowering parents is a key component of achieving exclusive breast feeding in the first six month and continued breasting until 2 years of age. It is therefore important to find ways- and political will-to support families and promote exclusive breast feeding.
Every year countries around the world the world observe World Breast Feeding week for a good reason. Breast feeding is one of the most effective ways to provide children everywhere with the best start in life.
This year, the World Health Assembly embraced the annual celebration of World Breast feeding week by member states as a valuable way to advocate for the protection, promotion and support of breast feeding everywhere.