Department launches the first ever breastfeeding room in a workplace environment.

 

Kanego Lewele

POLOKWANE: MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba has launched the first ever breastfeeding room in a workplace environment at Department of Health’s Head Office, on Wednesday 1st of August this year.

MEC Ramathuba says the newly launched breastfeeding room named after the iconic Mme Albertina Sisulu is one of a kind and the first ever in whole Limpopo Province.

“We are glad to announce that the newly launched breastfeeding room is named after our iconic leader Mme Albertina Sisulu and probably the kick start of many to follow,” says the MEC.

MEC was very confident the Albertina Sisulu Breastfeeding room will not only be user friendly to the working mothers and their babies and said, “this initiative will significantly contribute towards the promotion and protection of exclusive breastfeeding practices with the aim of achieving optimal child health development.”

She encourages all the mothers to take advantage of Albertina Sisulu Breastfeeding room and continue to breastfeed their babies because it is the optimum source of nutrition for infants. 

“Breast milk is a living tissue which contains all nutrients needed by infants and cannot be reproduced artificially,” MEC added.

The launch also coincides with the World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated globally between 1-7 August every year to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Mrs Mpho Kutumela an employee in the department is a mother of 11 months twins a boy and girl was also present at the launch.

She expressed her satisfaction about the newly launched Albertina Sisulu Breastfeeding room and said this is a milestone achievement for both the department mothers.

“The breastfeeding room will come in handy to us mothers because it will also afford us the opportunity to express our breast milk freely in a conducive environment,” Kutumela added.