09 August 2023

Breastfeeding, a team effort (I)

In Cuba, female workers are entitled to maternity leave with full pay from week 34 of pregnancy (or week 32 if it is a multiple pregnancy) and until 12 months after the birth of their baby. During this stage, they must find in the family environment the main support for breastfeeding the newborn. Parents and other close relatives need information…, Support is fundamental, Glorianna Rodríguez Chávez has been breastfeeding her baby girl Aitana Mairim during her first 9 months of life. “Having the support of my family in the beautiful and challenging role as a pro-breastfeeding mom has been fundamental to achieve this. While breastfeeding requires time and dedication, it also requires an environment of warmth, calm…, Supporting my daughter and my granddaughter in breastfeeding gives me pleasure, Many Cuban homes are shared by several generations. The arrival of a baby transforms the routines of all family members. In particular, grandmothers and grandfathers usually contribute their experience to those who are starting out in parenting roles. So did Dulce Domínguez. “Supporting my daughter in exclusive breastfeeding is a duty that I take…, To breastfeed is to love with awareness, Yenisabel Dueñas is a mother for the second time and one of her certainties, since she knew she was pregnant, was that she would breastfeed the new baby. Now she shares those moments with her husband, Ibrahin Chacón, and her teenage son, Enmanuel Trujillo. Together they watch over little Erick’s progress. Ten months of breastfeeding have been…, A pact with my daughter, Dainery Rodriguez is 28 years old and became the mother of Mythali 8 months ago. Her daughter’s wellbeing is her greatest interest, so she did not hesitate to follow the recommendations to feed her with breast milk from the very first moment. “Although she is no longer exclusive, she continues to drink from the teti -as we call it- and she will do…, Initial difficulties are what I remember least, “Breastfeeding involves many challenges, especially for first-time mothers. Recovering quickly from childbirth, helping the nipples to reach the best possible conditions to facilitate suckling the baby; reorganizing all the times and daily tasks, making breastfeeding a priority; creating a favorable, calm, pleasant environment for both...” This is…
08 August 2023

Breastfeeding, a team effort (II)

According to the results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey ( MICS Cuba, 2019 ), only 3 out of 10 children are breastfed until the first year of life. This study showed that exclusive breastfeeding before six months of age reached 40.9%, below the minimum 50% established as positive by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Cuba Office of…, Breastfeeding my baby, despite all fears, “Thiago came into my life at a very special time, but together with a threatening pandemic. The uncertainty of what would happen each day, the fear brought by the high numbers of people infected with COVID-19 or dead; the global crisis that was already looming, were some of the factors that made the pandemic a constant anguish.” Darlys Safora…, My pride, When Claudia Calderón learned she was pregnant again, she was breastfeeding her 8-month-old daughter Giulianna. “I was shocked,” she confesses. “I looked for information and it said that very few women became pregnant while breastfeeding. With the help of my husband, family and friends, I went ahead with my second pregnancy and my body began to…, No barriers for breastfeeding and loving, Dainelis Suárez and Suniel Suárez recognize that the well-being of their son Ethian Daniel owes much to “the healthy, continuous and agreed upon practice of breastfeeding. Teething needed breastfeeding, the discomforts of vaccines have been more bearable because of breastfeeding, the afflictions and growth crises have been overcome thanks to…, Communities for pleasant motherhood, Alina de O Joya exclusively breastfed her son Oliver for the first 6 months of his life and has continued to breastfeed him without rushing to wean. As her son’s 4th birthday approaches, she assures that “we will continue until my baby decides”. For her, there was a before and after, starting with her connection to Liga de La Leche Cuba (Cuba Milk…, Un entorno laboral seguro para lactar, A safe work environment for breastfeeding, Lisset Ametller Estévez has seen the gestation, birth and development of the a+ espacios adolescentes Center, located in Old Havana. Beyond being “her job”, this institution of the Office of the Historian of the City is her home. Lisset en actividades laborales junto a Aitana y Matías Lisset en actividades laborales junto a Aitana y Matías Lisset…
04 August 2023

Only 4 out of 10 children under 6 months in Latin America and the Caribbean are exclusively breastfed

PANAMA, 4 August 2023.- Recent UNICEF data shows that only 43 percent 1  of children under six months of age in Latin America and the Caribbean are exclusively breastfed, which is below the global average of 48 percent. And just 48 percent 2  of children aged between 12 and 23 months in the region receive continued breastfeeding, falling well…, Notes to the editors:, About UNICEF and Deloitte’s survey, In 2022, UNICEF and Deloitte S-Latam published the regional report “Qué están haciendo las empresas por la ninez y adolescencia?”, which presents the main actions implemented by surveyed companies operating in 13 countries in Latin America in favor of children and adolescents across three areas (workplace, marketplace, and community and…, About the World Breastfeeding Week, World Breastfeeding Week is held in the first week of August every year, supported by WHO, UNICEF, Ministries of Health, and civil society partners. This World Breastfeeding Week will focus on breastfeeding at the workplace, providing a strategic opportunity to advocate for essential maternity rights that support breastfeeding – paid maternity…, Notas para los editores:, Sobre Estudio de Deloitte y UNICEF, UNICEF y Deloitte S-Latam lanzaron en 2022 el informe regional denominado ¿Qué están haciendo las empresas por la niñez y adolescencia?, el cual hace un balance de las acciones que implementan las empresas en 13 países de América Latina a favor de niños, niñas y adolescentes en tres ámbitos (lugar de trabajo, mercado, y comunidad y medioambiente…, Sobre la semana de la lactancia materna, La Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna se celebra la primera semana de agosto de cada año, con el apoyo de la OMS, UNICEF y muchos Ministerios de Sanidad y socios de la sociedad civil. El tema de este año se centra en la promoción de la lactancia materna en el lugar de trabajo, brindando una oportunidad estratégica para defender los derechos…