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Mothers advised to breastfeed babies

13 August 2012, 11:26 Joseph Mkubwa

Mothers have been advised to embrace use of breast pump in a bid to ensure they feed their children exclusively on breast milk for the first six months.

The working mothers wean their new borns before they reach six months which are recommended to give infants the requisite immunity from diseases.

“We advocate for exclusive breast milk until the children reach six months, when mothers can then invest in other nutritional supplements,” said a medic with the Outspan Hospital in Nyeri Kathleen Karue.

Speaking during a one day breast feeding open day, Karue said mothers fear and stigmatize breast pumps, while they are specially made to ensure they pump milk and preserve it for the children while they are out working.

During the training, medics in nutrition cautioned mothers against supplementing breast milk with other food supplements, saying they weaken the children.

Karue observed that studies have indicated that even HIV infected mothers can breastfeed their young ones, as long as the nipples do not have cracks or any other fresh injuries, which can lead to transmission of the virus.

“But there is need for extra caution when HIV positive mothers breastfeed their children, and we always advise them to get regular instructions from health experts to rid their children for contracting HIV,” said Karue.

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