Fathers encouraged to promote breastfeeding

 Medical Officer of Health for St James, Dr Marcia Johnson-Campbell
Medical Officer of Health for St James, Dr Marcia Johnson-Campbell

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is encouraging more fathers to help promote breastfeeding in the country.

Medical Officer of Health for St James, Dr Marcia Johnson-Campbell, said that while more men are being supportive of mothers, there is still more to be done.

“Breastfeeding is really very important in helping our children.”

— Johnson-Campbell

“We want to engage our men, even more, to recognise that breastfeeding is really very important in helping our children [and] very cost-effective,” Johnson-Campbell said.

She noted that the WRHA’s breastfeeding education and sensitisation initiatives are steadily introducing methods that show how fathers can actively participate in the effort.

Johnson-Campbell indicated that one method is by teaching fathers how to feed their children from containers with breastmilk.

“In cases where the baby is breastfeeding, there are other chores in the home that the father can support the mother by doing, so she is not tired and burnt out, and she has the time and space,” she said.