Breastfeeding seminars

SEHA launches annual awareness campaign to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding

  • Key facilities supporting this campaign include Corniche Hospital, Outpatient Services and Al Dhafra Hospital.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: This week, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates, is launching its annual breastfeeding awareness activities, as part of the Week Breastfeeding National Council, across its facilities, hosting a number of community activations highlighting the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is a global campaign that raises awareness and action to celebrate and promote breastfeeding. Celebrated worldwide from August 1 to 7, the United Arab Emirates celebrates it instead during the first week of November.

The week-long campaign will focus on educating and building the capacity of multiple actors to protect, promote and support breastfeeding at many levels, from the hospital to the workplace and the wider community. , with SEHA Corniche Hospital, Ambulatory Health Care Services and Al Dhafra. The hospital supports mothers in their breastfeeding journey.

Dr Paul Bosio, Chief Medical Officer and Acting CEO of La Corniche Hospital, said: “La Corniche Hospital has an excellent reputation for always promoting the many benefits of breastfeeding throughout its life. long story. Our passion for breastfeeding is recognized by UNICEF and WHO through our repeated accreditation as a “Mother & Baby Friendly” hospital. We pride ourselves on the expertise of our dedicated Lactation Consultants who are highly trained to support the 98% of our mothers who are embarking on their breastfeeding journey. »

Valentina said: “I had every possible complication with breastfeeding after giving birth to my first child, from cracks to infection, which really hampered my ability to breastfeed normally. Thanks to the support of the lactation team at Hôpital de la Corniche and their close daily follow-up, I was able to overcome the obstacles and have been able to breastfeed for the past two years as an active mother.

“During my second pregnancy, we planned to get colostrum before birth to prepare in case any problems arose. After delivery, my baby had to be admitted to intensive care unexpectedly. The team at lactation gave colostrum to my baby, and with their continued support and careful advance planning, I expressed milk and was able to feed him for eight days until we were finally discharged. now a happy and healthy two-month-old baby, and I truly appreciate being the mother of two beautiful babies.

SEHA reports that breast milk continues to provide important nutrients to infants as long as they continue to breastfeed, and helps babies fight infections and boost their immune systems. Research suggests that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Optimal breastfeeding is vital for the good health and well-being of women and children throughout life.

Dr Fawaghi Al Naqbi, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Care Services, said: “As the primary care provider of the SEHA network, we are the gateway to health care for the community and usually their first entry point into the SEHA network, so we work closely with our partner hospitals to support and encourage breastfeeding in the community. To accomplish this, we recently opened a lactation clinic at Madinat Khalifa Healthcare Center and Al Mushrif Children’s Specialty Center, with plans to expand and open more clinics in the near future. Additionally, we are working to accredit our health centers as “mother and baby friendly” health centers, as an indication of our unwavering support for breastfeeding.

Dr Ibrahim Hatab, Head Nurse of Al Dhafra Hospitals, said, “At Al Dhafra Hospitals, we understand how vital natural breastfeeding is to maintain the health of the baby and mother. Although breastfeeding-related activities should extend throughout the year, World Breastfeeding Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness in the community about the importance of breastfeeding and its impact on the well-being of the infant, the mother, her family and therefore the whole community. . We continue to celebrate the re-accreditation of Al Dhafra hospitals as Baby Friendly. We are strong supporters of baby-friendly initiatives and continue to emphasize how essential these initiatives are to maintaining a healthy and productive society.

Mrs. Salma Omar Al Nuaimi, Chief Nursing Officer at Tawam Hospital, said, “The benefits of breastfeeding are unmatched when it comes to baby’s health and growth. After all, breast milk is the basis of your child’s development. Every mother breastfeeds her child, but not everyone knows the right way to breastfeed or what are the advantages or disadvantages of breastfeeding, and the bad effects of it if not done properly. That’s why we’ve set up a breastfeeding support service at the Women’s Health Lactation Clinic in addition to a 24/7 breastfeeding helpline run by nurses. lactation consultants and obstetrical nurses who can respond to any concerns raised by new mothers. We have also formed Breastfeeding Support Groups – social collectives that offer wisdom, experience and mutual support to all mothers. Virtual sessions take place once a month on a Thursday. In addition, initial breastfeeding support sessions are provided by our lactation consultants. These sessions include newborn visits and a full positioning and latching assessment, an oral assessment of the baby including tongue tie and milk transfer assessment and weighing if necessary. Our teams are well trained to address any concerns mothers may have and, if necessary, can create an individual plan designed to protect milk supply and improve breastfeeding to ensure that each of our new mothers achieves their goals. breastfeeding.

As part of the campaign, Hôpital de la Corniche is launching the breastfeeding peer counseling program; the hospital’s lactation experts have trained and certified mothers in the community, who have personal breastfeeding experience, to become counsellors, provide information and support to new mothers and help them have a good experience breastfeeding.

A number of activities will take place at all facilities for patients and community members. This includes workshops for mothers, community education events held in partnership with Khalifa and Zayed universities. Free counseling sessions are also offered at Hôpital de la Corniche from November 1 to 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Corniche Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s leading hospital for women and newborns. The hospital has recently been renovated and all rooms and services have been renovated and equipped with new technologies, guaranteeing a pleasant stay for expectant mothers and mothers.

To learn more about the activations, follow the Corniche Hospital Instagram and Facebook pages: Instagram @CornicheHospital & Facebook @CornicheHospitalAbuDhabi

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About SEHA:

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC – SEHA – is an independent public limited company established to develop the curative activities of the public health system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

SEHA is an asset of PureHealth, the largest integrated healthcare platform in the United Arab Emirates.

SEHA is committed to continuously improving customer service in accordance with recognized international standards and to providing the community with world-class healthcare. SEHA operates 14 hospitals with over 3,000 beds, 70 outpatient, family care and urgent care centers and 3 blood banks. Its facilities see 117,162 inpatients each year and perform 43,262 surgeries, as well as treating more than five million outpatients.

SEHA is one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the Middle East with over 14,000 doctors, nurses, auxiliary care staff and administrative staff. Learn more at www.seha.ae