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How Relevant Are Breastfeeding Counselors?

The relevance of skilled breastfeeding counselors cannot be over emphasized. During the world breastfeeding week 2020 which started on the 1 to 7 August 2020. The UNICEF executive director Henrietta H.Fore and WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus released a joint statement emphasizing the importance of providing women and families with access to skilled breastfeeding counselors. This is due to the relevant role they play in providing breastfeeding support to families.

While they recognized the benefits of breastfeeding, they also understand the struggles and setbacks encountered by women during breastfeeding. They are of the opinion that mothers need the support of skilled breastfeeding counselors to initiate breastfeeding and to continue breastfeeding successfully.

Breastfeeding counselors are able to support, educate, reassure and provide mothers with the information and confidence required for adequate nourishment of their baby.

Breastfeeding counselors help to boost women’s confidence and empowers them to face the challenges that may arise during breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding counselors help to promote exclusive breastfeeding and to increase the duration of breastfeeding.

In line with the theme of this year’s world breastfeeding week which is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet” UNICEF and WHO recommends that Governments should invest, train, partner, and protect health care worker.

Governments are called to invest in providing Skilled breastfeeding counseling to all families by increasing funding for breastfeeding programs and monitoring of breastfeeding policies and services.

Provide training for “health care workers, including nurses and midwives” so that they are able to deliver skilled counseling to families.

Ensure the Availability and Accessibility of Counseling as part of routine health and nutrition services.

Partnerships with civil society and health care associations to ensure a reliable system for providing adequate breastfeeding counselling.

Health care workers should be protected from the power of baby food companies.

In accordance with the UNICEF and WHO recommendations, Queen’s concierge care is committed and dedicated to providing every woman and family a skilled breastfeeding counselor/consultant.

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