Sunday 18 August, 2019

The Cayman Islands Is A Breastfeeding-Friendly Country

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week slogan is ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’.

According to the World Health Organization, “Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800,000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months.”

In the Cayman Islands, the benefit of breastfeeding to both mothers and infants is highly recognized and supported, both by the Health Services Authority and within the private sector.

Recently, The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman donated a Mamava privacy suite to allow nursing mothers to breast-feed privately at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

The Woman’s Health Centre, West Bay Health Centre and Bodden Town Health Centre offer courses, free postnatal care and home visits for patients.

The Cayman Islands Breast Feeding Support Group is a non-profit volunteer group that offers support to the community, providing advice via telephone or home visits, via regular group meetings, visits to mums and their newborns in hospital, education through hospital antenatal classes, information packs which are distributed to all mothers giving birth in Cayman and by providing access to breast pumps.

Public places and places of business are also breastfeeding-friendly. “When I worked for a big law firm with my first two babies my bosses were very supportive of letting me have breaks in order to pump and use meeting rooms,” says local resident, Selena.

Another mom, Tawnie says, “I worked in Camana Bay and I found all the restaurants helpful when I would need to feed my daughter there— most even bringing me something cool to drink and making sure I was comfortable.”

Fiona, a breast feeding support volunteer who has since emigrated from Cayman, echoes these sentiments.

For more information, contact the Cayman Islands Breast Feeding Support Group at at cibreastfeeding@gmail or the Health Services Authority at info@hsa.ky.

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