Annscaria Chigumira the deputy director of Nutrition services under the Ministry of Health and Child Care encouraged women to breastfeed their babies without an excuse for a minimum of six months.
She said this at a Parent Friendly Workplaces Seminar that was held today at the crown plaza hotel in Harare.
During the seminar she cited a lot of benefits to breast feeding.
Chugumira said, “The first 1000 days are the most critical in a baby’s life, this is where breastfeeding should be done to the maximum.”
“Breast milk can stay up to six months if frozen, seven days if refrigerated and three days if kept in a cool place.”
“A stable mind increases breast milk production. Stress dries up the breast and babies could starve.”
The seminar was running under the theme: “Supporting, protecting and promoting breastfeeding in the workplace.”
Albert Dube a school head at Chogodza Primary School also shared his experiences and how he has arranged breastfeeding timetables for the teachers and the staff so that their children may benefit.