According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report only 23 per cent of babies are exclusively breastfed in the first six months, and Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Karen Cummings has stated that one of the key reasons for this prevalence is because the majority of mothers are working.Women should breastfeed their babies for six months said the World Health Organization since it reduces the risk of baby becoming infected, creates bonding between mother and child, and prevents ovarian cancer.The UNICEF report: “The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child” said early initiation of breastfeeding is 49 per cent in Guyana, which indicates that less than half of the women giving birth breastfed their newborns during their most crucial months.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton had expressed that if the sector requires mothers to breastfeed fully for six months then there should discussions about mothers being granted six months leave since most mothers are part of the labour force. He acknowledged that this might burden employers but in the long run it will be worth it.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence last Wednesday stated that the ministry is in support of a social policy for six months maternity leave to be granted to mothers, and so it has been placed on the 2017 ministry’s agenda.Lawrence indicated that in the ministry’s 2017 programme they will push to ensure that wherever there are ministries and government agencies there should be a place for mothers to go and breastfeed their babies.She stated that they plan on starting with the Ministry of Social Protection as soon as their new building is completed. She stated that there is need for day-care services and breastfeeding rooms to be incorporated into the working force so as to accommodate mothers and assist them in early childhood development.However, this new policy might not sit well with the private sector because according to some critics “time is money” and no employer would want to have a staff out for six months.In 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) had called for more employers to support breastfeeding mothers in the Caribbean and Americas. The organisation stated that the employers were more than likely to reap benefits for their businesses and their countries’ economies.It stressed the need to support women in balancing work and family, and especially to breastfeed their babies, according to public health recommendations, which are based on research that establishes health benefits from breastfeeding that range from reduced infections and improved IQ in babies to lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.The health organisation stated that promoting breastfeeding in the workplace increases benefits for employers, including employee loyalty to companies as a result of gratitude and satisfaction, and reduced absenteeism because breastfeeding employees’ babies get sick less often and less severely.So far, Giftland Mall is the only public place that has a designated room for breastfeeding mothers. Speaking to this newspaper on Sunday, Roy Beepat stated that the creation of a space for mothers to breastfeed is becoming a “standard practice” around the world and so he decided to set the pace for Guyana.The Linden Regional Hospital as well has a room for staff to breastfeed their babies.The Guyana Publication Inc has also set the pace for the private sector by offering free day service for its entire staff.Minister Cummings stated that the ministry is working assiduously to ensure that mothers exclusively breastfeed for six months and of the instigation of six months maternity leave. She stated that the two other major reasons why women do not breastfeed are: because they choose not to; and they are HIV infected.In Guyana, only six out of 12 hospitals have been accredited with Baby-Friendly Hospital Status.Among the criteria to attain Baby-Friendly Status are to have written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breast feeding, and give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated otherwise.It is fitting to note that the Georgetown Public Hospital, where the majority of babies are born, was not accredited.
Letterkenny FC Club News: Action is well up and running at the club and our seniors will host Swilly Rovers at Leckview on Sunday at 2pm in the second game of their League Cup group. They got their season up and running with a trip to Cockhill Celtic on Wednesday night ( Aug 31st).The seniors finalised their prep for both games with a 0-0 friendly draw with Rathmullan Celtic last Thursday evening.Schoolboy action continues at a fast pace with a number of sides in action last weekend. Our u12s Rovers defeated Ballyraine 7-1 with goals from Josh Patton, Lorcan Harvey, Ben Cassidy(3). Rudi Minnock and Corey McCarron. They are were due to play Swilly on Wednesday evening(Aug 31st) before travelling to Glenea on Saturday morning for a 1030am kickoff. David Boyle, Adam Yissau, Nathan Plumb, Marty Duffy and Gerard Duffy hit the goals as the u14s Rovers defeated the u14s Crusaders and both sides have trips to play Gweedore this weekend with 1145am kickoffs at Celtic and Utd.Our u14s United lost out to Keadue 4-3 with goals from Sean Pascual (2) and Paul McGreevy and they are away to Bonagee Athletic on Sunday at 1230pm while our u12s Crusaders defeated Kilmac Academy 3-0 with Mark Bonner hitting a hattrick and they are away to Gweedore Utd on Sunday for a 10am kick off,Some spots are still available for players born in 2002 and any interest can be communicated through the clubs facebook page or any club personnel.Tickets for the annual club draw go on sale this week priced at 10 euro and we earnestly request all connected with the club and friends of the club to try and make this a success. All tickets will be co-ordinated through Kieran McGrath and he will be in touch with everyone over the course of the next week to outline matters pertaining to the draw. This weeks Mini Lotto numbers drawn were 2-9-15 and 18.5 with 3 correct receive 15 euro each.Kieran Kelly, Joe Doherty, Paul Holian, Linda Boyce and Kay McDaid the lucky winners.Next weeks jackpot is 4050 euro.Bingo continues each Thursday night in the Station House Hotel. at 830pm sharp.Snowball is 1225 euro on 45 numbers or less.Letterkenny Rovers travel to Cockhill for League Cup clash was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Rovers FCsoccerSportUSL