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Practise makes perfect: An Assunta nurse teaching a member of the public how to swaddle a baby.
The main lobby of Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya was a hive of activity recently during Mom & Baby Week, held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week.
As part of celebrations, breastfeeding nurses were on duty for an hour every afternoon to teach new mothers how to swaddle their babies, give a baby massage and breastfeed.
“Despite the World Health Organisation’s recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and to continue breastfeeding until the age of two, many mothers face difficulties breastfeeding.
“With the guidance of our trained lactation nurses, we hope new mothers will be better informed and have more confidence breastfeeding,” said Assunta Hospital senior manager for business development Woon Ming Ming,
During the swaddling demonstration, pregnant mothers watched fascinated as nurses explained that swaddling gives newborns a sense of security and helps regulate their body temperature.
The soon-to-be mothers were also given the chance to swaddle a doll under the watchful eye of the lactation nurses.
Another interesting session were the ways to massage a baby. This helps new parents bond with their babies as touch is the main form of communication before a baby learns to speak.
The main attraction was a large zorb ball filled with more than 3,000 teddy bear keychains, which were given out as part of the YES to PnD Protection campaign to raise awareness and urge the Government to consider including the pneumococcal vaccine in the National Immunisation Programme.
Hospital staff, visitors and doctors filled up a pledge card stating their support for the campaign, which will potentially change the healthcare landscape in the country as more children gain immunity against streptococcus pneumonia, a highly invasive bacterium that has killed more than 1.5 million children around the world.
More than 2,000 pledge cards
were collected during the six-day event.
“Many parents are not aware that pneumococcal disease can be severe and a child may not survive once infected.
“Prevention is better than cure and the best way is to make it compulsory for all because most parents trust the Health Ministry’s vaccination schedule,” said Erina Asmawani, a volunteer with Parenting2u, who lost her 14-month-old son to pneumococcal disease two months ago.
To add to the Mom & Baby Week cheer, the hospital staff made periodic rounds of the paediatric wards and outpatient centres to distribute colourful balloons.
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