Ensuring adequate maternity protection and time and space for breastfeeding at work is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense”, says ILO (International Labour Organisation) Director General Guy Ryder. Breastfeeding is important for the baby as it establishes a special bond between mother and child, reduces the severity of infections and diseases, reduces perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, and also improves child’s performance during adulthood.
Mothers & Workplaces: Should be a win-win situation:
For the mother, it reduces the risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer and as far as working mothers are concerned if they get proper breastfeeding rooms at their workplace, it will reduce their absenteeism and as the baby will be healthier and less sick, she will be more satisfied at her workplace. Such aspects will motivate her to perform her best.
For the employer, it will increase the retention of employees and improve their corporate image. So having a hygienic, comfortable, private and easily accessible lactation room at public places also (mall, parks, play areas, railway stations, bus stands, and shopping complexes) will encourage the mothers to breastfeed their babies. Work place action has a key role in increasing breastfeeding rates.
A nursing room in public place should have good lighting and ventilation, appropriate size, comfortable chair and a sink. With this baby friendly initiative, we can have breastfeeding mothers feel more comfortable.
It’s time to take action:
Global momentum to support breastfeeding needs to reach new levels, from national to local action. It is time to work together in the world of work- governments, employers’ & workers’ organizations to act in concerted effort with the health, nutrition and gender equality communities so as to enable working women to breastfeed and reap the benefits both for the health and well-being of future generations.
To encourage breast feeding is every one’s responsibility.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 -7 august in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. PAHO/WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children.
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