Source: www.africanakua.com | Ngwenekome Priscilia Ahone, Cameroon
Nestlé Cameroon has partnered with The Association of Midwives and Assimilates of Cameroon (ASFAC) and the Cameroonian Society of Pediatrics (SOCAPED) to commemorate the 27th edition of this year’s World Breastfeeding week by carrying out a series of activities in Doula to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding.
Under the global theme of “Empower Parents, Facilitate Breastfeeding”, this year’s celebration started from 1st August and will end on 7th August. The series of activities however started from 3rd August, with a sports walk from Ad Lucem hospital to the General Hospital in Douala.
As an honor to breastfeeding women over 300 people have joined the awareness campaign.
According to some midwives who are participants of Nestlé’s activities, parents must work unanimously for the wellbeing of the children and the family should ensure that the mother is healthy enough to breastfeed the child.
As part of the activities, Breastfeeding Education Program will be launched on 7th August following awareness sessions that are being held by the company’s staff led by health professionals. With the aim of explaining the importance of breastfeeding and revealing the risks connected with inappropriate substitutes for breast milk, this program will be made to operate throughout the country that will influence close to 100,000 people.
However, it should be noted that this breastfeeding honoring moment in the first week of August had to exist due to the poor system of breastfeeding children. The Demographic Health Survey in 2014 proves this by stating that only 28% of children are breastfed properly within the first six months of their lives. Thus, Nestlé intends to help 50 million children in Cameroon and the world by 2030 with the purpose of improving their health life.
In order to ease the six months breastfeeding term for nursing mothers working at Nestlé, 425 breastfeeding rooms have been created at Nestlé workplaces around the world following a Maternity Protection Policy the company published in 2015.