Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, says that stakeholders are being engaged to review and improve national laws that support breastfeeding.
In a message delivered by Public Health Nurse, Debbion Pinnock Harvey, at Westmoreland Public Health Services’ ‘Breastfeeding March and Road Show’ in Darliston on Tuesday, Tufton was quoted as saying by the Jamaica Observer – that the objective is to create a more enabling environment for mothers to breastfeed in order to improve the health of their babies.
Tufton said that the ministry has spearheaded the development of the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy, which has the objective of creating “a sustainable environment that will contribute to a reduction in child mortality and morbidity and improvement in child health and nutrition”.
Meanwhile, the ministry is encouraging greater family support for lactating mothers as the country marks National Breastfeeding Week 2019 from September 16 to 22.
Breastfeeding is the responsibility of all, the minister said. “Wherever you are, you can inform, anchor, engage and galvanize the message of breastfeeding as the fountain of life by raising awareness of the risks and disadvantages of artificial feeding and advocating for greater investment in breastfeeding programmes and policies,” he noted.