Breastfeeding seminars

300 to attend Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group Convention

(Seated left to right) Roslinda, Dr Nanthakumar and Dayang, with Patimah (standing left) and hospital staff in a group photo.

SIBU (August 5): About 300 delegates including doctors, nurses, nutritionists, teachers, entrepreneurs and parents from across Malaysia are here this weekend (August 6 and August 7) ​​for the group convention of Sibu breastfeeding support at the Kingwood Hotel.

Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group Convention Matron Co-Chair Patimah Duat said the event is in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week 2022, which falls from August 1-7.

She said this year’s theme is “Intensify Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”. Thus, the convention aims to sensitize the community on the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers.

“At the convention, we will hear a woman from the longhouse share about successful breastfeeding. Afterwards, we will have different workshops.

“Then we will have a forum to discuss certain issues and then we will propose our ideas to the authorities so that they can implement something to support mothers,” she said.

This is the first such convention ever held in the state.

Divisional Nutritionist Roslinda @ Zakiah Kangan said the two-day program aims to promote, educate and support mothers for breastfeeding.

“So we have the participation of government agencies and private agencies. To make this effort a success, we need the cooperation of all parties,” she said.

She said that through the convention, the group aimed to create a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers.

“I think everyone knows that breastmilk is best for babies, but some moms can’t even make it exclusive for six months, so we’re trying to create an environment where we can help. mothers to do better for their babies,” she said. added.

Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group Chairperson, Dayang Normaliza Awang Tambi, said Sibu Support Group is very serious in supporting breastfeeding mothers.

“I am happy to be part of the team and I am proud that Sibu can organize such a great convention to support our mothers,” she added.

Meanwhile, Director of Sibu Hospital, Dr Nanthakumar Thirunavukkarasu, said that as the country goes through the endemic phase of Covid-19, breastfeeding issues should not be overlooked.

He said that although Sibu Hospital has been recognized as a breastfeeding hospital, promotion of such an environment should also be done outside to encourage breastfeeding among mothers.

“People’s awareness of breastfeeding has already improved, but there are still people who have misconceptions about breastfeeding.

“We want to improve the habit of breastfeeding. Nevertheless, people recognize the benefits of breast milk, like the mother’s body will return to its normal size after breastfeeding and then there are a lot of nutrients in breast milk that you cannot get from formula milk,” did he declare.

He also said that the community support has been very good.

He thanked his staff for working hard to make the convention a success.