As part of celebrations to commemorate breastfeeding week, the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM) Bulawayo Province took time to impart lactating skills with mothers admitted in the maternity ward at Mpilo Central Hospital.

The Bulawayo Province midwives confederation chose to follow through the International Day of Midwives theme that speaks of midwives, mothers and families as partners for life.

Part of the activities that the midwives undertook include the cleaning of maternity facilities, health education to mothers who had just delivered and skills and advise on general care of infants, as a way of giving back to the community according to Mrs Ntandoyenkosi Hlatshwayo who is the provincial chairperson of ZICOM.

While stressing the importance of breastfeeding to infants, young midwife leader representing Zimbabwe in the International Confederation of Midwives mentorship programme, Miss Clara Methie called upon fathers to also play a part in ensuring their partners receive social support so as to effectively nurture their babies.

Participants during the day-long event included midwives from Mpilo, Ingutsheni, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Bulawayo City Health Department with indications the campaign will also be taken to all the centres in the city.

The world breastfeeding week is running under the theme, “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together”.