When breastfeeding women visit the primary healthcare center for a medical service and when healthcare working moms return to work, they may have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past 70 days of maternity leave. However, the time period for breastfeeding is set to be at least 6 months and most of those mothers have a goal to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby’s life. Makhzoumi Foundation, UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Health in support of the need for a lactation room, facilitated this goal for the mothers and made it less challenging to hit. Creating a breastfeeding room on the first floor of the primary healthcare center in Makhzoumi Foundation in Beirut is a better chance for both visiting and working new moms to succeed at breastfeeding and improve their health and the health of their newborn.
Moms now have easy access to a private, safe and clean place to express breast milk. The lactation room is not a bathroom. It is a warm location to pump the breast milk that a baby will consume. It contains a comfortable sofa and a refrigerator with all the items and the high-quality breast pumps that the mother needs to pump milk in a friendly-space. It has also a flat surface for the breast pump to rest with easy access to electrical outlets. The most important thing about this is the educational support of moms. At the primary health care center, breastfeeding and nutrition specialist are available anytime for help.
While waiting for a Lactation room law at work in Lebanon, we will continue getting creative in supporting new mothers for free.