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By: Otto Ngoveni
MALAMULELE – The Department of Health in Vhembe District celebrated World Breastfeeding week on Thursday the 3rd of August in Malamulele Crossing.
During the celebration, the department engaged with over 60 mothers and spoke to them about importance of breastfeeding for 6 full months.
The department together with University of Venda students, Dietitians and nurses from local clinics and hospitals will be going around the district teaching about breastfeeding.
A dietitian, Xitshembhiso Mabasa made it clear that a baby should only be breastfed from birth to 6th month without any supplements
“Breast milk is the only milk that contains all needed nutrients for baby’s growth. ” said Mabasa
Another Dietitian, Mkateko Ntuli, indicated that it’s wise for mothers to be open to the caregivers when they take their babies to clinics or hospitals.
“Always give your babies prescribed food to make sure they stay healthy. “said Ntuli
Parents were advised to avoid formula and any other food before the baby is 6 months old.
Meanwhile, Limpopo Department of Health is calling on all employers to allow mothers to breastfeed for the full 6 months period after a baby is born.
Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba says the period will ensure there is no work Interruptions when mothers return to work.
“By allocating 6 months for mothers to breastfeed will assure good health for every baby. ” said MEC Ramathuba.
Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane