Rise in C-Sections Leads to Decline in Breastfeeding Mothers

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2017

Former Labour chairwoman Loraine Mulligan breastfed her son Dylan as she chaired an event to launch Senator Kevin Humphreys's policy, which also calls for funding for a human donor milk bank in the Republic.

To develop and fund a human donor milk bank.

The paper, "Supporting Mothers and Babies: A New Approach to Breastfeeding", outlines 14 proposals which are aimed at better supporting mothers and babies.

As the world celebrates Breastfeeding Week, working women in metro cities of the country, including Chennai, feel that they are not supported with facilities or infrastructure to breastfeed their babies if need arises.

To improve access for mothers to hospital grade pumps, and provide the option of one free visit at home from a qualified IBCLC.

Women should be able to take breastfeeding breaks at work for up to one year after birth, the Labour Party has said.

The workshop, which had over 200 nursing mothers in attendance and also included a demonstration of the right breastfeeding techniques, was held at Island Maternity, Lagos Island, and 9 Brigade Medical Centre, Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos. The findings from the survey further highlighted that while 78 per cent of Indian mothers planned to exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months post-delivery for ensuring a strong and healthy foundation for the child, 54 percent had to forego their career aspirations after becoming a mother.

Labour Party member Loraine Mulligan said: "My breastfeeding journey began almost three years ago".

It is calling for lactation consultants and support groups nationwide, as well as advertising restrictions on formula. Without this, I might have given up. "It will take a political impetus to ensure the necessary measures and resources are put in place".

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