Nairobi, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 … Langata Hospital in Nairobi County is joining more than 120 nations to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). It starts tomorrow, Thursday, 6 August and ends on Saturday, 8 August 2020.
World Breastfeeding Week was started in 1992 to generate public awareness and support for breastfeeding. It is officially celebrated each year from 1-7 August. This year’s theme set by WHO and UNICEF is “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet”.
Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. And it forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.
Skilled counselling services can ensure that mothers and families receive this support, along with the information, the advice, and the reassurance they need to nourish their babies optimally. Breastfeeding counselling can help mothers to build confidence while respecting their individual circumstances and choices.
The WBW camp organised by Langata Hospital is free of cost and will also include distribution of supplements to those attending the Mothers and Child Wellness Clinic. It is open to expectant and lactating mothers as well as children under five years of age. The WBW camp will follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines strictly.
The camp will offer clinical assessments, nutritional counselling and supplementation pregnancy care, family planning and immunization advice.
It is being organised by the hospital’s Nursing, Counselling and Nutrition departments.