Health minister calls for private breastfeeding rooms
HEALTH Minister U Myint Htwe said women should have access to breastfeeding areas in public spaces.
The remarks came yesterday at the World Breastfeeding and Nutrition Development Week opening ceremony.
Most foreign countries have separated areas for women to breastfeed, he said, and Myanmar should follow suit.
“There are breastfeeding rooms in German airports,” U Myint Htwe said. “You can close the door and breastfeed your child. Our country should have that.”
He emphasised the need for such areas to also be made available in hospitals and ministries.
It is important that mothers be able to breastfeed in public places, like restaurants, supermarkets, and buses, without feeling shame, he said.
“Breastfeeding is really important,” he said. “We support mothers’ breastfeeding their kids and should give them more respect.”
Each year, breastfeeding saves the lives of 820,000 children worldwide, he said, citing a recent UNICEF report.
The mortality rate for children under five is one in 19, while the rate of stunting is 35 percent among children under five years old, according to government data. NGO and government initiatives have focused on promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first 1000 days to boost child nutrition and health.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo
Union Health Minister U Myint Htwe attended the launch of World Breastfeeding and Nutrition Development Week in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.