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Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:37

Media challenged to clear myths concerning exclusive breastfeeding

Written by  Thumbiko Nyirongo

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Blantyre, July 29, 2017: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has asked media houses in the country to help it clear myths and misconceptions surrounding exclusivebreastfeeding.

Deputy Director of Clinical Services responsible for Nutrition in the ministry, Janet Guta, made the call on Friday during a media orientation for Blantyre journalists ahead of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) which starts on Monday, 1st August to 7th August.

Guta said there are many myths and cultural beliefs that prevent mothers from exclusively breastfeeding their babies which results to poor child growth.

“We are calling upon members of the media as the fourth arm of the government to help the ministry in clearing myths surrounding exclusive breastfeeding. For instance, some people believe that if a mother exclusively breastfeeds a male child, chances are that the child will be gay, which is far from the truth,” said Guta.

Guta called on mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newly born babies for six months to prevent them from malnutrition which has a negative impact to the social-economic development of the country.

“We are calling on mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months. Mothers, nowadays, have developed a bad habit of giving a child bottled milk or milk from shops; this puts the health of the child at risk. Mothers should be aware that breastfeeding is essential for both the mother's and baby’s health,” Guta hinted.

World Breastfeeding week is an annual event organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding (WABA) which aims at promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding throughout the world.

The theme for this year’s breastfeeding Week is, ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together; Sustainable Partnership and the rule of law.'