World Breastfeeding Week campaigners pose for a group picture with a suckling baby and its mom. Photo: Mzamane Ringane 

Breastfeeding takes centre stage


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The age-old debate around suckling babies took centre stage on the occasion to kick-start this year’s annual World Breastfeeding Week.

Health authorities in the Waterberg rolled out a campaign on Wednesday 2 August, to drum up support for breastfeeding mothers, be they housewives or working class.

Shopping complexes in downtown Modimolle were targeted as nerve centres to spread the message. 

The campaign was part of worldwide activities, focusing on encouraging women to breastfeed their babies for the first six months from birth. 

The department organised a dialogue with members of the community, enlightening working mothers on the possibilities of breastfeeding even during working hours. 

Working mothers were protected by the Basic Cconditions of Employment Act, with regards to having time to breastfeed during working hours.

Shiko Mokgokone of the Waterberg District’s Department of Health said breastfeeding employees could either opt for two 30-minute breaks, or a full hour, depending on negotiations and agreement with the employer. 

“Mothers do not have to be disadvantaged just because they are working,” he said.  

Mokgokone said more needed to be done to ensure public spaces, including the workplace, were baby-friendly. 

9 months ago       10 August 2017