KNH open lactation room
The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has partnered with Nestle Kenya to set up a lactation room that will enable the hospital’s new mothers to resume work while breastfeeding their children.
The project aims at providing a conducive breastfeeding area free from noise, comfortable, and private space with an efficient breast milk storage system.
This will keep the breast milk fresh during work hours. New mothers will warm up to exclusively breastfeeding their infants for the first six months boosting its life.
Most working new mothers shy from breastfeeding their infants hence opting to feed them from an early age which is unhealthy.
Breast milk contains rich nutrition with antibodies to fight diseases.
“However a majority of mothers are forced to start weaning their babies early due to lack of accommodation and breastfeeding facilities at their workplace.
The initiative shows our commitment to supporting new mums as they strive to strike a balance between work and life,” noted Dr. Evanson Kamuri KNH Chief Executive Officer.
A modern office lactating room should have comfortable seats, a refrigerator, a microwave, anti-bacterial wipes to clean surfaces, and hospital-grade pumps.
Nestle limited aims at being employer-friendly to women hence it promotes breastfeeding has installed nearly 6000 breastfeeding rooms around the world since 2015.
KNH has set aside one million Kenya shillings for the construction of the room where Nestle funded to furnish the room.