Butaleja Women Ignorant About Breastfeeding- Study

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The study indicated that women in the district do not breast feed their babies in the first hour as recommended by the medical workers because they believe there is no milk in the breasts.

Women of child bearing age in Butaleja district are ignorant about how to breast feed their children, according to a study conducted by the World Vision.

A study conducted by the organisation on breastfeeding women in Butaleja District last year indicated that there was limited knowledge on dietary needs by mothers when breast feeding.

The study involved 54 mothers working in the formal sector and 77 employed in the informal sector.

Nancy Nandudu, the head of the team says study indicated that women in the district do not breast feed their babies in the first hour as recommended by the medical workers because they believe there is no milk in the breasts.

The study was conducted in commemoration of the  World Breastfeeding Week that started on 1st this week to 7th August.

 
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The study also indicates that the cultural beliefs in the district expose babies to risks of contracting diseases.

One of the risky cultures was that the mothers believed that a baby is supposed to drink the water they are bathed in to help them grow faster.

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Tinah Ankunda, the Deputy Executive Director World Vision Uganda  says there is need for midwives council to change the antenatal curriculum to include other issues such as breast feeding that have been taken for granted.

She argues that most young mothers are only counseled about the health of the child before giving birth but health workers do not brief them on how to breast feed and what they should expect.
 
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Studies have demonstrated that if breastfeeding were carried out properly, the deaths of almost 1.3 million children per year could be averted.

 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).