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City plans to ramp up breastfeeding promotion<p>'Breastfeeding does more than just provide for a baby's nutritional needs during the first few months of life. It protects against allergies, sickness, obesity and diseases. Laying down the foundation of education and skill at antenatal level for pregnant women through education and support will decrease poor infant feeding practices, which can lead to malnutrition, diarrhoea, pneumonia and even death,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor  Patricia van der Ross.</p><p>During this financial year, City Health will appoint 35 persons who will be trained in infant and young child feeding for the Infant Feeding Counsellors (IFC) Project. </p><p>This will be done through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).</p><p>These workers will be known as Infant Feeding Counsellors and will be a vital link in educating pregnant women and postnatal mothers on safe infant feeding practices as well as providing the necessary support, especially to first time mothers.  </p><p>The 35 counsellors will service 39 clinics across the city and the project will be launched at the end of August. </p><p>Currently, only 50% of moms who visit City clinics breastfeed exclusively. </p><p>'City Health continues to look at ways to improve the breastfeeding rate and the project is one of the interventions that will help us reach the national target of 55%. While breastfed babies have fewer infections and hospitalisations, it also benefits moms as breastfeeding lowers the risk of a number of diseases including breast and ovarian cancer,' said Councillor van der Ross.  </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2022-07-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f;L0|#00f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f|clinic;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0;L0|#08116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0|EPWP;GP0|#6eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e;L0|#06eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e|health and safety10


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