Breast­feed­ing Sup­port

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Chi­nese ex­perts have called for sup­port from so­ci­ety to cre­ate an en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment for breast­feed­ing dur­ing the World Breast­feed­ing Week which ended on Au­gust 7. The rate of breast­feed­ing in China is lower than 50 per­cent among six-month-old in­fants, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Moth­ers need sup­port from both fam­ily and so­cial com­mu­ni­ties for breast­feed­ing, in­clud­ing med­i­cal care in­sti­tu­tions and work places, and they also need le­gal pro­tec­tion and so­cial se­cu­rity,” said Ge Yan­feng with the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil. Ge’s view was echoed by a re­port re­leased by China De­vel­op­ment Re­search Foun­da­tion. “Mea­sures should be taken to raise pub­lic aware­ness on the im­por­tance of breast­feed­ing, en­cour­age med­i­cal care in­sti­tu­tions to pro­vide pro­fes­sional guid­ance and help for new moth­ers, and im­prove the leg­is­la­tion for ma­ter­nity leave and the child­birth in­sur­ance sys­tem,” the re­port said.

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