SOUTH AFRICA HOSTING 2ND WORLD BREASTFEEDING CONFERENCE

The South African Department of Health, in partnership with the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and other partners, is hosting the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference here this week.

The goal of the conference, taking place at the OR Tambo Conference Centre here from Sunday to Wednesday, is to bring together like-minded breastfeeding advocates to discuss ways of attaining targets set on maternal, infant and young child nutrition.

Worldwide, reports indicate that breast feeding rates are at a comparative low, which increases the risk of childhood diseases and infant mortality.

The Chief Director for Child and Youth Health at the Department of Health, Dr. Nonhlanhla Dlamini, told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that research had shown that the number of South African mothers who breastfeed their babies was very low.

She said mothers should be giving babies only breast milk for the first six months and continue until two years with the addition of other foods.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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