Infant care takes centre stage in Sharjah

The workshop series aims to build in-depth knowledge about any complicated issues that can arise from the practice of breast feeding.

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Published: Sun 19 Jan 2014, 2:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:56 PM

The Sharjah Baby Friendly City (SBFC) campaign, in collaboration with Maternal and Child Health Centre Sharjah and the Emirates Medical Association Lactation Consultant Society, has announced the commencement of its advanced lactation workshop series for 2014.

Being hosted at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, the workshop series aims to build in-depth knowledge about lactation management as well as ways to resolve any complicated issues that can arise from the practice of breast feeding.

“Breastfeeding is the most important contributor to the health and survival of children throughout the world, so much so that optimal breastfeeding, combined with effective complementary feeding, could save about 220,000 lives per year, Our aim with this series of workshops is to empower our local health professionals to be able to help the women of the Emirates make informed decisions about their babies’ nutritional needs and to support them in implementing these decisions,” said Dr. Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Executive Committee Director of the SBFC.

Dr. Al Ghazal went on to emphasise that the workshop series is aimed at a wide scope of health professionals, including child health nurses, dieticians, educators, general practitioners, health visitors, midwives, nurses, obstetricians, occupational therapists, and paediatricians, as all of these medical practitioners play a key role in ensuring that the campaign’s vital information is effectively communicated to expecting and nursing mothers.

“There are so many misconceptions and inaccurate bits of information flying around about breastfeeding that mothers with babies, and especially young mothers, often don’t know what to believe. We want to make sure that when they consult any health professional in Sharjah and the Emirates at large that they will get the right information, delivered in a way that puts them at ease and makes them feel supported and comfortable, ” she added.

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