Paint manufacturer Crown Paints Kenya PLC today morning unveiled another Lactation facility at its Mogadishu road Factory. This forms part of a series of initiatives to support working mothers by creating a favorable environment that enhances their productivity while at work.
The firm’s Group Human Resources Manager, Nicholas Wanambisi said working mothers face many challenges while balancing between their career and motherhood obligations. This could impact negatively on their productivity if not properly managed, he urged other employers to continue to sue adequately and sensitize mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding.
“Most people underestimate the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for recommended 6 months period which builds immunity of a child. Breast milk is safe and rich in nutrients and anti-bodies which are major pre-requisites to the health and wellbeing of the baby. Further, immunity in the era of Covid-19 pandemic is paramount for babies.” Wanambisi explained. Data from the World Bank shows that only 61% of mothers, breastfeed their children up to 6 months without introducing them to any other foods.
Wanambisi said the initiative which is coinciding with the National breastfeeding week running from 1st to 7th August 2020 under the theme: Supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet. This is part a continuous global call for action by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to support women to continue breastfeeding comfortably post-maternity.
The Human Resources boss said although the country had made tremendous progress in exclusive breastfeeding a significant number of about 39% of working mothers were unable to exclusively breastfeed their babies due to lack of conducive environments to express and store milk at workplace or businesses and there was need to urgently address the matter to ensure a health society.