Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, proteins and fats – everything that your baby needs to grow!
Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhoea. They also have fewer hospitalisations and trips to the doctor.
The Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has reiterated the importance of breastfeeding for mothers.
At the closing of breastfeeding week at the Ba Mission hospital today, Minister Waqainabete highlighted that new mothers need to always know that breastfeeding is the best milk for their newborn babies.
Minister Waqainabete highlighted that different mothers face different challenges during their pregnancies and also after delivery however they need to always be supported.
The Minister, who is also visiting various hospitals speaking to his staff about the recently approved budget stated that Ministry staff needed to be aware of what was provided to them and that services should continue as normal.
“My visit here is also an opportunity for me to meet the staff especially after the recent budget announcement and to reaffirm the importance of their work as health workers.”
Minister Waqainabete stated that the Ministry is fortunate to have received a total of $394.3m in this new financial year and has reassured Fijians that services in all their hospitals will remain normal and will adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions.