Mums celebrate breastfeeding

A breastfeeding support group encouraged new mums to let their babies “latch-on” and businesses to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed at the workplace during World Breast Feeding Week.

On Friday 2 August, several mums attended a “friendly environment” breastfeeding session in the Woman’s Health courtyard at the George Town Hospital to draw attention to the importance of breastfeeding and to support and share tips with other mothers.

Kathryn Walsh, attending the event with baby Gunnar, explained how she found time to breast feed during work hours. “It is better to be at home to breast feed. I do it in the mornings before I leave for work and head home at lunch time. This is supplemented with a formula throughout the day until I get home in the evenings.”

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual event with the goal of encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of her baby’s life. This year, the goal and theme of World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers”.

In the Cayman Islands, the group is promoting breastfeeding in the workplace, which it says encourages productivity, less absenteeism, increased quality and services and improved health benefits.

The Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group and the Women’s Health Centre joined forces to host Friday’s gathering.

Annie Mae Roffey, Cayman Islands breastfeeding coordinator, said this was the first public event hosted by the group to heighten awareness on the importance of breastfeeding and to make it easier for those mothers who choose to breastfeed by providing places in which they can do so,

Each new mother who gives birth in Cayman is given an information packet which includes helpful tips and resources. They also receive a contact list of group members whom they are encouraged to call with questions or concerns. The volunteers are experienced mothers or health-care professionals.

For more information on parent-craft classes and other activities planned for new mothers during August, call Simone Sheehan on 244-2655.

The Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group and the Women’s Health Centre joined forces to host Friday’s gathering.

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