Majority of newborns from January to June breastfed

James Kon

A total of 2,183 newborns were breastfed out of the 2,456 babies born from January to June this year in the country, according to statistics on an infant feeding survey monitoring graph provided by the Breastfeeding Support Team of the Women and Children’s Centre.

It was also revealed that 2,285 out of 2,456 mothers who participated in the survey were for exclusively breastfeeding.

This was revealed at a ceremony at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital yesterday morning to launch World Breastfeeding Week 2019 celebration.

The ceremony was held at the relaxing area of the obstetrics and gynecology clinics, Women and Children’s Centre.

Held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week for hospitals in each district, the guest of honour was Acting Chief Executive Officer Special Grade of RIPAS Hospital Haji Abdul Khalid As’ari bin Haji Azahari and his wife, Hajah Sophinawati binti Haji Suhaili.

Also in attendance were Acting Chief Executive Officer Grade 1 Fuad Wajdi bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamad Murad and personnel from the hospital.

The theme of the World Breastfeeding Week 2019 is ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’ which is in line with RIPAS Hospital’s commitment to protect newborns.

The celebration also aimed to produce healthy, excellent generation as well as to prevent non-communicable diseases including obesity.

Meanwhile, 80 breastfeeding covers were distributed among mothers at the maternity and paediatric wards.

ABOVE & BELOW: Hajah Sophinawati binti Haji Suhaili present breastfeeding cover to a mother; and Acting Chief Executive Officer Special grade of RIPAS Hospital Haji Abdul Khalid As’ari bin Haji Azahari cuts the ribbon to launch World Breastfeeding Week 2019 celebration

Haji Abdul Khalid As’ari in a group photo with the organising committee. PHOTOS: JAMES KON