Malawi commemorates 2016 World Breast Feeding Week

Malawi on Monday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Breastfeeding Week in Ntchisi.

Kumpalume stressing a point in Ntchisi
Kumpalume stressing a point in Ntchisi

The occasion was graced by Minister of Health Dr Peter Kumpalume and some notable members of the ministry and different Non Government Organisations’ representatives.

Speaking at the event, District Commissioner for Ntchisi, Malango Botomani discouraged some cultural practices which she said contribute to malnutrition in children.

Bottoman added that her office will continue to work with chiefs and NGOs to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

“It is sad to note that some parents, up-to-date, still follow some bad cultural practices which do not concur with the recommended breastfeeding guidelines.

“A person’s health is determined by their upbringing and that includes how they were being breastfed.

“That’s a first step which mothers must take to ensure that their children are getting enough milk for their health. Chiefs must therefore take part in encouraging people to breast feed their children,” Bottoman said.

In his remarks, Minister of Health Dr Peter Kumpalume who was also the guest of honour at the function, urged all men to encourage their wives in breast feeding as the duty lies within both parents.

“The most important thing is to understand that there is no nutrient supplement that can match or beat breastfeeding. We cannot then begin to underestimate the value of breast feeding to a child.

“For the brain to develop properly, a child needs its mother’s milk. A healthy child depends on how well they have being breast fed as they add on economic value to the nation,” he said.

The minister further discouraged some women who feel shy to breastfeed their children in public.

Speaking at the event Senior Chief Kasakula said chiefs were aiming high in ensuring that their people are following all the instructions related to breastfeeding babies.

This years’ breast feeding commemoration day was held under the theme: ‘Breast feeding a foundation to sustainable development.’

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