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Belize Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and as we told you on Tuesday this year’s theme is “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.” Throughout this week, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be embarking on several activities, promoting the importance of breastfeeding. Nutritionist Robyn Daly appeared on The Morning Show where she made a call on all to protect a mother and baby’s right to provide this important function.

Robyn Daly, Nutritionist, Ministry of Health and Wellness: “It depends on the supportive environment that a woman has because it does take time to do breastfeeding, it’s not something as quick as providing a bottle so many women might use the quick fix which would mean preparing the bottle but the breastfeeding benefits is far more important than using the bottle and also the benefits that it has for the child. So when we look at the best nutrition, the antibodies, the nutrients, the breastfed babies they have higher IQs, they’re less prone to NCDs, they have better developmental patterns all of these things help to support why a mother should breastfeed. But despite that the challenges that women may face, the breast milk serves as a sort of vaccine prevention for the baby so all of that antibodies, all of those nutrients, everything that’s in there is a protection for the child as well so you don’t have to be concerned that the child will be able to get sick from that once you’re breastfeeding so that serves as an additional support.”

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.