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Breastfeeding Week - A winning goal for life

Breastfeeding Week - A winning goal for life

UNICEF Mongolia has celebrated its most successful World Breastfeeding Week, with a range of activities and events highlighting the life-saving benefits of breastfeeding.

The week kicked off with the launch at the National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH) in Ulaanbaatar.  There, UNICEF Mongolia Representative Mr Mohamed Fall joined with the Ministry of Health, Member of Parliament Mrs Uyanga, the World Health Organization (WHO), World Vision and healthcare professionals, to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. 

A highlight of the launch was meeting mothers at the NCMCH who were committed to breastfeeding their newborns.  There were also passionate speeches at the launch that touched on personal stories of breastfeeding, the health benefits for both mother and child, and the concerning trend that exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months is on the decline in Mongolia.

After the launch, UNICEF Mongolia Representative Mr Mohamed Fall participated in a press conference along with the WHO and other health experts, highlighting the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding. 

As part of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF sponsored a TV talk show for mothers that aired on the Mongolian National Broadcaster.  The audience was made up of young mothers who shared their experiences breastfeeding and asked great questions to expert panelists. The show sparked an active conversation on UNICEF Mongolia’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/unicefmongolia?ref_type=bookmark).

UNICEF Mongolia Representative Mr Mohamed Fall and Mrs Uyanga MP visited Nalaikh to meet with healthcare professionals from the Health Department.  It was inspiring to hear the incredible work that the Nalaikh Health Department was undertaking to improve breastfeeding rates and child nutrition in their area.   

During the visit we met Sarantuugs, a young mother of 3 daughters.  Sarantuugs had not exclusively breastfed her two oldest daughters, but after receiving advice and information from a UNICEF supported initiative made the decision to exclusively breastfeed her youngest child for the first 6 months.  She continues to breastfeed her daughter, as well as complementary feeding. Her daughter is a happy and healthy 10-month old.     

Links

A letter from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2014

http://www.unicef.org/childsurvival/media_74638.html

Press Release: UNICEF calls for exclusive breastfeeding in Mongolia http://www.unicef.org/mongolia/2145_22874.html

 

 

 

 
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