Employers need to create spaces to accommodate breastfeeding mothers

Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has urged employers to support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace this World Breastfeeding Week.

This comes as many mothers are forced to abandon breastfeeding at an early stage due to work commitments after returning from maternity leave.

It is estimated that only 39% of mothers continue to breastfeed exclusively for 14 weeks after birth, which is among the lowest number in the world.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to dietician and nutritionist, Lezanne Du Plessis, regarding the matter.

Health experts recommend that mothers feed their infants breast milk exclusively for the first 6 months, which is a challenge for mothers who can't extract milk at work and store for their babies to drink at a later stage.

Women are part of a growing workforce and that's why there's so much outcry, which is a great thing.

Lezanne Du Plessis, dietician and nutritionist

It is not so difficult to create spaces for mothers to express milk, and it shouldn't be costly... It can be done.

Lezanne Du Plessis, dietician and nutritionist
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