On the occasion of the World Breastfeeding week, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS), the Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND) and FAFS Alumni engaged in the Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, under the patronage of Minister of Public Health (MOPH) Wael Abu Faour.
Dean of FAFS and President of LAND, Dr. Nahla Hwalla, participated in a press conference to launch this campaign on August 9, at the MOPH premises in Bir Hassan where she emphasized the crucial health benefits of breastfeeding.
Dean Hwalla also discussed this topic in several media appearances. She explained the importance of breastfeeding in 90 Minutes Min Beirut show, on ART-USA channel on August 13. You can find the complete TV interview on this link.Furthermore, Dr. Hwalla was hosted by Manbar Al Hadath radio station on August 16. Read here the detailed transcript of the radio interview.
In all of her talks, Dr. Hwalla recommended breastfeeding as the ideal feeding pattern for infants and detailed its numerous health benefits for both infants and mothers. She also noted that human milk is a living biological fluid with a unique composition that cannot be reproduced in manufactured infant formula. Dr. Hwalla elaborated on the low rate of breastfeeding in Lebanon, relating it to different reasons such as insufficiency of milk supply, accustoming the baby to eating solid food, the effects of breastfeeding on breast shape and the convenience of breastfeeding for a working mother.Finally, she stressed the need for a national campaign to promote breastfeeding in Lebanon. Some of the actions suggested include encouraging breastfeeding in public places and extending the paid maternity leave.