Helping mothers follow optimal infant and young child feeding practices
UNICEF-supported health centres offer individual counselling and group awareness-raising sessions
Damascus, Syria, August 2021 – One of the earliest bonds formed between a mother and her baby is the one created through breastfeeding. While an infant relies on this practice to survive, it is not always an easy task for the mother to fulfil, especially when inaccurate information and common habits can influence her attempts to adopt the best feeding decisions for the baby.
To support pregnant and lactating women during such a significant phase in their life and that of their children, UNICEF-supported health centres offer individual counselling and group awareness-raising sessions on optimal infant and young child feeding practices. Mrs. Lina Mustafa is responsible for the programme at Al-Marabani health centre in Damascus. Her office is open to any woman seeking child feeding advice. The centre holds group awareness sessions three times a week. A mobile team also regularly goes from the centre to remote neighbourhoods, in the city, offering door-to-door counselling and awareness sessions.
With thanks to a generous funding from Kuwait, this year, UNICEF has reached 22,200 women with guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) through 40 fixed health centres and 38 mobile teams in Damascus.