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Call to breastfeed

Sheenal Sharma
Friday, December 21, 2012

THE Ministry of Health is calling on the parents of newborns to ensure their babies are exclusively breast-fed.

This came after Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama briefed the Northern emergency operation team to give the right food to infants and children at the evacuation centres.

The acting manager of the National Food and Nutrition Centre at the Ministry of Health Ateca Kama said parents needed to ensure infants were breastfed for the first six months of their lives.

"No other foods or drinks, including water are needed for infants who are breastfeeding," she said.

Mrs Kama said breastfeeding would ensure that babies were safe from water contamination and inconsistencies in mixtures of commercial formula feeds.

"Breastfeeding protects infants and children against many diseases and illnesses, most of which can be disastrous as a result of giving babies commercial formula feeds," she said.

Mrs Kama said parents needed to ensure that commercial feeds were sustainable.


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