Bengkel Latihan Penyusuan Ibu Menyusu Zon Selatan


Alhamdulillah, berakhirlah sudah bengkel latihan yang dianjurkan oleh Program Pembimbing Ibu Menyusu Malaysia (PPIMM) pada 16 – 18 September yang lalu. Bengkel kali ini khusus untuk mereka yang berada di kawasan selatan dan merupakan bengkel terakhir di Semenanjung Malaysia untuk tahun ini. Bengkel selama 3 hari ini telah diadakan di Dewan Seri Meranti, Kolej Rahman Putera, UTM Skudai, Johor. 

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Press Release for Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in Malaysia

Mother-to-Mother Support has been identified as one of the key factors contributing to the success rate of

prolonged breastfeeding, or at least exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months. In recent years, more and more evidence has arisen on the effectiveness and impact of peer counseling support. In 2003, D'Souza and Garcia found that:

- peer support as a stand-alone intervention is very likely to increase breastfeeding initiation rates among lowincome women who express the wish to breastfeed;

- support from a mother experienced in breastfeeding, complemented by professional services, is very likely to increase the duration of breastfeeding; and

- peer volunteers are particularly beneficial in mediating between low income mothers and healthcare professionals.

Latest statistics reveal that the Malaysian Exclusive Breastfeeding rate at 4 months is 19%, while at 6 months is only 14.5% (Salim et al, 2006), and this is far below the global rate, which is about 38% EBF at 6months (Moccia P, 2008). If we focus on the local trend alone, exclusive breastfeeding rates over the past ten years have

plummeted, from 29% at 4 months (1996), despite huge efforts to promote the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and having higher initiation rates. (more…)