If mothers believe that exclusive breast-feeding for six months is important to their babies and themselves they will find a way to do it. In modern times however, working and caring for a baby takes multitasking at a new level. Mothers therefore need to effectively plan ahead.
It was with this in mind, that the Baby Friendly Hospital Committee hosted a seminar to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week by inviting two working mothers employed as doctors with the SWRHA to address clients attending the Maternal and Child Health Clinic on August 5th, 2016 at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital’s Prayer Room on Level 3.
Dr. Arlette Khan from the Neonatal Unit and Dr Melissa Bachan spoke openly and gave positive testimonials on exclusively breastfeeding their babies. They explained how they juggled having to work in the medical field and breastfeeding without the aid of baby formulas.
Ms. Merle Tang, Registered Nurse and Lactation Midwife, Ms. Yolande Davidson, DHV at Gasparillo Health Centre and Ms. Zorina Ragbir, DHV at Rochard Douglas Health Centre also educated the mothers and fathers present on the benefits of exclusive breast feeding, positioning and attachment of the neonate to the breast, the expression and storage of breast milk, problems that may arise while breastfeeding and how to solve them.
In Photo (L-R): Ms. Yolande Davidson, DHV at Gasparillo Health Centre, Ms. Zorina Ragbir, DHV at Rochard Douglas Health Centre and Ms. Merle Tang, Registered Nurse and Lactation Midwife gives advice and answers questions on Breast feeding to expectant mothers and fathers.