Kenya to set up first public breastfeeding center

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has today directed ministry officials to immediately set up the first breastfeeding center at Afya House.

This is in accordance with the Kenya Health Act which was enacted last year which urged employers to set up the centers to enable mothers sustain breastfeeding as well as increase productivity at the work place.

Speaking at the launch of the World breastfeeding week at Pumwani,  Kariuki revealed that children who undergo an exclusive breastfeeding programme have a higher IQ.

She further intimated that exclusive breastfeeding rate in the country has improved from 32% to 61% within a period of 5 years.

She says come from accelerated efforts in promotion protection and support for breastfeeding.

World breastfeeding week which started yesterday and runs until 7th of August is a global event to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding.

This year’s theme is breastfeeding the foundation of life

 

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