NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Thursday joined the international
community in marking the World Breastfeeding Week, vowing to
reach a target of 80 percent breastfeeding by 2025.
Sicily Kariuki, the
Cabinet Secretary for Health, said the government will ensure
that mothers are not influenced to use milk substitutes as
opposed to breastfeeding.
guidelines are in place to ensure that mothers, including those
who are HIV positive are supported to breastfeed by family
members, social networks and employers even in times of crisis,”
Kariuki said this during the celebrations marking the World
Breastfeeding Week in Nairobi.
Kariuki noted that
the gains stem from accelerated efforts in promotion, protection
and support for breastfeeding including enactment of the breast
have accorded Kenya recognition as one of the countries that is
on track to achieve the World Health Assembly target in maternal
and child nutrition,” she added.
The CS revealed that
the government has increased the number of days for leave to 90
days and a mother is allowed to add the annual leave days and
also allowed paternity leave of two weeks.
Ministry of Health, breastfeeding has the potential to save the
lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 women a year and contribute
significantly to long-term health.