Monday August 6th , 2012 saw the launch of the Babonneau Breastfeeding Support Group –coinciding with Breastfeeding Week 2012.
With breastfeeding become less popular among mothers, the Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations Honourable Alvina Reynolds says the Breastfeeding Support groups will equip mothers with the knowledge and skills to breastfeed thereby developing healthier babies and a healthier nation.
“How many mothers feel they can sit comfortably in any forum example church on a bus or in the supermarket to breastfeed their child and this is the stigma which must be reduced by sharing information and experiences with mother so at the end of the day they understand and appreciate what is most important is the health of the child”.
The Breastfeeding Support groups for Saint Lucia has been endorsed by many health practitioners.
Community Paediatrician Jacqueline Bird says breastfeeding remains highly recommended in the health fraternity.
“Breastfeeding is perhaps the best investment a mother can make in her infant and by extension your country. Those of you who are uncomfortable with the level of violence we have amongst our youth today; those of you who are not happy with the level of academic achievements of some of your children before you plan to put money in the bank for extra lessons I want you to put money in your human bank or body bank to support breastfeeding of your child from the first hour of birth”.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations intends to establish Breastfeeding Support groups in all districts on the island.
This approach will ensure Saint Lucia achieves the Millenium Development Goals of improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.