TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesian Society of Pediatrics (IDAI) Breastfeeding Task Force leader Dr. Naomi Esthernita F. Dewanto called on Saturday for joint efforts to support exclusive breastfeeding of babies.
“Joint responsibility for low breastfeeding rates is still lacking; we usually put the blame solely on the mother. Whereas, to exclusively breastfeed (their babies), mothers really need the support of those around them,” she said during a virtual seminar. held as part of World Breastfeeding Week, which was followed from Saturday.
Therefore, for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, a campaign to encourage the establishment of a “hot chain” is being implemented, she informed. The term “warm chain” refers to all parts of society that join hands to form a chain in support of nursing mothers, she added.
According to Dewanto, support to encourage breastfeeding requires the involvement of various stakeholders – from doctors, counsellors, policy makers, entrepreneurs and the media to family members.
“This counseling, this education, this breastfeeding support with good lactation management can increase exclusive breastfeeding by up to 50%,” she pointed out.
As part of the ‘hot chain’, counseling can also be provided before and after work, an effective maternity leave policy can be implemented and interventions can be made to support exclusive breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding, especially in the first six months, is critical because not only does it play a role in preventing stunting, but it also provides antibody protection as the first immunization babies receive,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the General Chairman of the Central Committee of IDAI, Dr. Piprim Basarah Yanuarso also highlighted the importance of family support for breastfeeding mothers, including when breast milk does not flow smoothly for some time. after childbirth.
Yanuarso also urged health workers to make exclusive breastfeeding a priority.
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