Working mothers in Hoima district who have children have challenged government through parliament to pass a law pining all government offices and private organizations to have day care centers where mothers can breast feed their babies while at work places.
Nyamaizi Priscilla, a nurse at Hoima Regional referral hospital who is also a mother said that most of them do not have enough time to exclusively breast feed their children because of the long distance between their work places and their homes.
Nyamaizi was speaking during a media dialogue for world breast feeding week in at Kolping hotel Hoima town.
The dialogue was held on Friday by world vision Hoima branch Regional office and Participants included health workers and district leaders from Bunyoro sub region and the theme was “breast feeding a key sustainable to development”.
Rebecca Mirembe the maternal coordinator new born child nutrition and health program, World Vision Hoima branch said that, most children in Bunyoro have suffered from malnutrition related diseases like stunted growth, low brain development due to lack of proper breast feeding and their mothers not eating enough food.
“This has caused most children to be introduced to other soft foods at an early age which has greatly impacted a lot on the growth and development of new born babies”, Mierembe added.
Emmanuel Ahimbisibwe, the national coordinator of nutrition from the ministry of health noted that there is need to intensify the sensitization campaign about nutrition and breast feeding at both health facility level and community level to have mothers change their attitude adding that most mothers don’t know the impact of not breast feeding their children up to years.
Doreen Mukiza, the health and nutrition specialist working with World vision Hoima branch says that they have supported over 35 health facilities in Hoima district on Nutrition related programs to combat malnutrition related diseases.
Elizabeth Kyokuhaire, the senior nursing officer working with Masindi district local government encouraged expectant mothers to have vegetable gardens and plant fruits around their compounds to them eat them whenever they have their meals.