Tell Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary to Ensure All Mother’s Get the Support They Need to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding provides babies with all the nutrients and immune system boosting factors they require at the start of life. It protects against pneumonia and diarrhoea while babies are young and helps to prevent diabetes and obesity later in life. It also helps to protect the mother against breast cancer. Breastfeeding saves lives and improves health and development.
Kenya has made impressive progress in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates for children under the age of 6 months, from 13% in 2003 to 61% in 2015. But there’s still more work to be done to ensure all mothers are supported to breastfeed.
Kenya is currently facing a challenge – there’s just one nutritionist per 30,000 people!
Ensuring all people have access to a well-trained, professional health workers, including nutritionists, is vital to ensure Kenya can achieve its goals in good health and nutrition for all, and for mothers to learn about the best ways to feed their children, including the benefits of breastfeeding.
That’s why we’re calling on Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, to provide a nutritionist in health center.

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