Lactation education

BKKBN boosts lactation education for working moms

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) is promoting the provision of comprehensive breastfeeding management training to working mothers in various regions who simultaneously care for their children.

“As part of a research, (it was found that) stunting will reduce the GDP (gross domestic product) of a country by two to three percent,” noted Irma Ardiana, head of BKKBN, during from the “1,000 HPK Nurturing Promotion” webinar on Wednesday.

“To this end, we need to strengthen stunting prevention intervention programs,” she said.

The parental models implemented in a family can affect the growth of children and, therefore, it is very important to take them into consideration.

To reinforce the national priority project outlined in Presidential Regulation No. 72 of 2021 on Accelerating Stunting Reduction, BKKBN is strengthening the promotion of lactation among mothers, especially working women from cities to villages .

This was undertaken to create an enabling environment for mothers and infants to develop an intimate relationship and to ensure exclusive breastfeeding until children reach the age of two.

“According to the recommendation of the WHO (World Health Organization), (breastfeeding should be practiced) until the age of at least six months and can be continued until the age of two years”, informed Ardiana.

Related News: Presidential Regulations Will Drive Wider Stunting Audits: BKKBN

Mothers need to know that lactation, or breastfeeding, is affected by many variables, she pointed out.

These variables include how often mothers give breast milk to their infants as well as their own nutritional intake, which affects the amount of breast milk produced.

Other variables include signs of adequate breastfeeding, mother’s health while breastfeeding, and other issues that may cause problems while breastfeeding.

“We provide education, dissemination to target groups, especially mothers who may be pregnant right now, future couples and mothers who already have a child,” Ardiana informed.

There is a real need for mothers to consider lactation management and techniques, especially during the first thousand days of a child’s life (HPK).

Indeed, in the absence of optimal care and nutrition, children can be born with stunted growth.

“The issue of stunting is not only a current national problem, but also concerns our future,” she remarked.

Related News: Maternal welfare bill pushes for more breastfeeding knowledge

Related news: Breastfeeding is the first vaccination for babies: Pediatric Society