15 October 2018

Breastfeeding: Working mothers called for policy change to secure children’s future

“When I was pregnant I thought breastfeeding would be easy, but it wasn’t,” 30-year-old mother Guilhermina de Araújo told the crowd gathered in Dili’s historic Resistance Museum on a quiet Tuesday morning for the second UNICEF Café conversation.  “When I delivered, I had no breastmilk. The doctor asked me to try for the baby, but for three days I…, Urgent action required for children’s health and survival , “Women have a right to 60 days of maternity leave, with 40 days obligatory,” said Maria de Jesus Sarmento. “But we see it’s not sufficient. But when they return to work after maternity leave, they also have one hour per day to breastfeed their child.”   unicef cafe on breastfeeding2 Maria de Jesus Sarmento, Executive Secretary of the Civil Service…, Sharing experiences to encourage others, Alzira, smiling and pregnant, shared her experience of the creche at Alola Foundation, a local NGO, which offers the opportunity for breastfeeding mothers to continue work without having to return home frequently to feed.  Breastfeeding cafe ok ok “We know that being breastfed is a fundamental right,” she told the crowd.  “At Alola, we practise…, Mother’s milk best for healthy children, Infant formula is becoming increasingly popular in Timor-Leste and neighbouring Indonesia, where it is marketed as innovative new science, and can help women needing to continue working to support their family and retain their jobs. Doctor Milena dos Santos reminded the audience that breastmilk remains the healthiest, safest choice for families…