The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) has set the first week of August every year as the World Breastfeeding Week. The Health Bureau of Taichung City Government and the Children's Hospital of China Medical University held a promotional event at the Children's Hospital of China Medical University on August 15 to advocate for the combination of work and breastfeeding.
Attending the event were Chin-tian Peng (彭慶添), President of Children's Hospital of China Medical University; Xiu-xun Hong (洪秀勳), Senior Executive Officer, Health Bureau of Taichung City Government, representatives of 20 health care institutions for mothers and children, breastmilk-donating mothers, and nursing mothers at workplace. All of them shouted that "breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants and contributes to their healthy growth and development," and urged more breastfeeding-friendly environment to be set up.
President Peng of Children's Hospital of China Medical University said, “The main theme of World Breastfeeding Week this year is ”empowering women to combine work with breastfeeding” . A purely breastfed infant can begin to take some solid foods after 6 months and the breastfeeding must continue until he or she is 2 years old. Thus, the workplace must provide perfect support systems.”
Yuan-Nian Hsu (徐永年), Director-general of Health Bureau of Taichung City Government, said, “I hope this promotional event can arouse the general public to learn of the importance of breastfeeding and take actions to care for working mothers at workplaces. In addition, to provide breast milk to premature infants and severely ill babies, the Taichung Hospital has set up the human milk bank and its satellite stations. Nursing women with surplus milk are encouraged to donate breast milk.”
At the event were many vivid activities, such as Q&A sessions to provide tips on how to breastfeed a baby at workplace, the crawling competition among breastfed babies, the singing competition, the recognition of breastmilk-donating mothers, the film appreciation related to breastfeeding, and the checkpoint games, making atmosphere at the event venue very joyful.
Health Bureau calls for the general public to protect the interests of breastfeeding women. “It is stipulated by Article 8 of the Public Breastfeeding Act that those who forbid, eject, or interfere women from breastfeeding their children in public places shall be punished with a fine of no less than NT$ 6,000 but no more than NT$ 30,000” added the Health Bureau.