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LASCO boosts maternal and baby health education

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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LASCO Breakfast and Baby Care has engaged expectant mothers in informative sessions on breastfeeding, breast care and overall nutrition, in an effort to reinforce healthy practices for both mother and child.

The talks were recently hosted by reigning LASCO/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year Natalie Hylton-Levy and second runner-up, Michelle Graham, at the antenatal clinics in Bog Walk (St Catherine) and on Windward Road in Kingston.

The presentations highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, including receiving all the nutrients required; always getting fresh and ready milk — no preparation needed; building their immunity — less infection; improved skin health; optimising infant intelligence and promoting bonding.

Nurse Hylton-Levy emphasised the benefits of breastfeeding for the mothers, including allowing the uterus to contract, thus preventing bleeding and facilitating its return to normal size; decreasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer; acting as a birth control method; helping a mother to return to her pre-pregnant state; being cost-effective, and bettering general health and well-being.

“It is important to facilitate discussions on breastfeeding in order to bring awareness of its benefits,” stated Nurse Hylton-Levy. “This will empower the mothers to make healthy choices, thus promoting infant and maternal health and reducing infant and maternal mortality. In the long run we will have a less aggressive, smarter, and more intelligent population, which will benefit our society and decrease the strain on our health systems,” concluded Nurse Hylton-Levy.

Aside from breastfeeding knowledge, the importance of antenatal care was also emphasised to participants at the two clinics.

To ensure the clinics started the year on the right footing, LASCO donated $50,000 in baby diapers, wipes and breakfast supplies to each health centre, inclusive of gift bags and gift baskets for the nursing staff.

LASCO also supplied each mother with a gift bag containing samples of Jack and Jill diapers, Jack and Jill wipes, Curves sanitary napkins, LASCO toothpaste and LASCO instant chocolate mixes, along with a variety of brochures.

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