Monday September 10, 2012
1,000 mums take part in breastfeeding event
By HAN KAR KAY
GEORGE TOWN: A total of 1,038 mothers across the country simultaneously breastfed their babies for a minute in an event that promoted the importance of breastfeeding.
Mothers from 50 hospitals and welfare homes took part in the “One-Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding” event organised by the Mother-to-Mother-Peer-Support group (MMPS) in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week 2012.
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s Penang director Sarah Amin said the number of participants was confirmed via a live Internet feed with the hospitals and homes yesterday.
“This year’s number surpassed our initial target of 1,000,” she said.
“The purpose of the event is to create awareness among mothers on the importance of breastfeeding.”
MMPS adviser Dr Balkees Abdul Majeed urged mothers from all walks of life to choose breastfeeding for their babies.
State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said breastfeeding provided the best source of nutrition for a baby.
Last year, over 800 mothers from 44 hospitals nationwide took part in a similar event.