As we celebrate breast feeding week, Macheo is reflecting on the advances it has made on breastfeeding and how it is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our well-being from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.
Macheo Children’s Center believes that there are relationships between infant/young children feeding practices with cognition, educational attainment and economic productivity. The well-being of children is also tied to the health of their mothers. We understand that failing to address malnutrition and poor breastfeeding practices will result to these children not reaching their full potentials when they grow up.
At the Kiandutu Outreach Program (KOP) through the Mother-Child Program (MCP), the Teen Mother Program and the Malnourished Children Program focuses on providing ideal information on pregnancy, nutrition, hygiene, arranging medical screenings, facilitating deliveries in hospital and vaccinating babies. At the center they are made to understand that nutrition for infants contribute to their healthy growth and development. One of the areas the community is empowered is to understand the importance of breastfeeding practices which can be our next great global nutrition success and from it families create the foundation for even greater progress across health and development. We all have a role to play in making this happen, so let’s celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this year by getting started.