Castries, Saint Lucia: The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has commenced its breastfeeding awareness campaign with a workshop held at the Ciceron Wellness Centre catering to pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The participants of this workshop were from the communities of Ti-Rocher Castries, Bexon, Ciceron and Entrepot. The breastfeeding workshop was aimed at educating and empowering pregnant women and nursing mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding their babies.
Family Life Educator in the Bureau of Health Education Shirlan Edward says this activity is necessary given that the ministry is committed to improving breastfeeding levels in country.
“The reason why we are having the workshop is to encourage persons or educate persons on the importance of breastfeeding. As we at the ministry realize, our numbers for breastfeeding are very low. Persons start breastfeeding when the babies are born and we realize they stop before the first 6 months. So, we are making efforts to educate them on the importance. We are supporting them, which is part of the theme to let them know we are supporting them right through the process from 0 to 6 months and even beyond, two years old.”
Public Health Nursing Supervisor Bernadette Felix-Regis says the ministry supports exclusive breastfeeding for infants up to 6 months especially given the benefits to a child’s development and health. Therefore, pregnant women and nursing mothers are encouraged to support this movement.
The breastfeeding workshop entailed presentations on the benefits of breastfeeding, proper latching of the breast and a Lamaze session.
In the upcoming weeks, the Ministry of Health will be undertaking breastfeeding awareness workshops in other communities around the island.