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Bushenyi District Staff Demand Breast Feeding Corners

A mother, who is an employee of Bushenyi district local government talked to our reporter on condition of anonymity, says that she is not allowed to take children to the work place and as a result she is torn between work and attending to her child

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Employees of Bushenyi district want breast feeding corners establishment at the workplaces.

The corners often provide a comfortable environment to enable mothers breastfeed their children. Health workers recommend six months' exclusive breast feeding for children.

A mother, an employee of Bushenyi district local government who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that she is not allowed to take children to the work place and as a result she is torn between work and breast feeding her child. 

She also says that she can't concentrate on work because she is worried about her baby back at home.

Julius Mugume, a husband to a teacher in one of the schools in Bushenyi district, says that his wife is not allowed to take the child to class. Mugume says that his wife is forced to breast feed their son at scheduled intervals.

He believes that once breast feeding corners are established, it will enable children have enough time with their mothers and help them grow well.

Peace Tibakuna the secretary for social services in Bushenyi district says that the district is equally concerned about the absence of breastfeeding corners.

She says that it is common working class mothers not to breast feed their babies during day when they are at work.

Tibakuna says that the district leadership has identified a room at the district headquarters which will be furnished and turned into a breast feeding corner.

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Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat among other benefits needed by the baby to grow.

Breast milk contains antibodies that help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria.

Breast feeding lowers the 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 hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.

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