“Peer Counselor” kawasan Tengah sudah tamat

Alhamdulillah...pada 2 hingga 4 April, bengkel kedua “Peer Counselor” telah berjaya dilaksanakan di Rumah DARUNNA, Klang, Selangor. Projek yang dianjurkan oleh “Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselor” telah dihadiri seramai 48 orang peserta dan 10 orang jurulatih. Ini merupakan bengkel terbesar yang pernah dianjurkan setakat ini. Bengkel kedua ini merangkumi semua peserta dari kawasan tengah iaitu Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor.


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…)