Are you in the habit of rushing to work and equally rushing home because there is so much to do both at home and at work? Ever went to bed tired ignoring so many things in the bedroom and kitchen needing your attention, only to be interrupted a few hours later by the sound from your alarm clock? Do you always leave the house with more chores needing your attention that you carry part of your makeup/shoes and scarves to the office to dress appropriately later? Do you sometimes wish you could be in two or three places all at once? Are you a mother that works? Because if you are, then you'll appreciate and understand why there is a need to talk about how hard each day is for this superwoman called the "working mom".
Working Moms Nigeria is an endeavors to help women strike a healthy balance between earning a living and maintaining a good home.
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on supporting new moms in their breastfeeding journey, to mark World Breastfeeding Week
(1-7 August 2015). The study, which surveyed over 400 working moms in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi,
Kenya, identifies key barriers for breastfeeding including unsupportive work environments and
cultural influences, and is an outcome of Philips’ pledge to the United Nations
Every Woman Every Child initiative.
obstacles for working women in both Ghana and Kenya in order to identify opportunities to
support and empower them. Limited early initiation of breastfeeding, unsupportive work environments,
and cultural influences, lack of access to breast milk expression facilities, poor daycare facilities, and
impeding beliefs were among the challenges identified in the research.
to balance work and motherhood in a busy African city is hard and 52% of the women surveyed had to go
back to work within three months, making breastfeeding or expressing difficult. In addition, pressure to
work long days in order to make a sufficient income, stressful lives, and no space to express milk in
the workplace, are all contributing factors to diminished breastfeeding rates.
breastfeed directly, the biggest barriers for new moms wanting to express included lack of
space to express comfortably, access to technology like breast pumps, cooling and sterilization
equipment and advice and coaching on the correct techniques to breastfeed enabling comfort and
ease for both infant and mother.
healthy development of their infant population. Philips aims to use its rich innovation heritage
and baby feeding expertise (through its extensive Philips Avent range) to encourage and empower
women to combine going to work with breastfeeding.
Survey of over 400 working African mothers found breastfeeding obstacles such as
unsupportive work environments and cultural influences
How breastfeeding aids survival
diarrhea being two of the leading causes of death.[i] Breastfed babies are 15 times less likely to
die from pneumonia and 11 times less likely to die from diarrhea.[ii] In fact, recent research has
found that children in African countries under five who are breastfed have a 14 times greater
chance of survival, and any increase in intensity or duration of breastfeeding can help.[iii] Globally,
it is estimated that the lives of more than 800,000 children could be saved each year if every
child was breastfed.
that only breastfeeding can provide” states Dr. Maarten van Herpen, Head of the
Philips Africa Innovation Hub. “At Philips, we have started to develop several innovative ideas that
were inspired by the findings in this report. Hopefully, these innovations will prove effective to address
some of the challenges to breastfeeding faced by mothers. As this report shows, the
barriers to breastfeeding depend on different situations of different mothers.
The issues are diverse – and so is the range of answers needed.”
stated: “The vast majority of the 400 Kenyan and Ghanaian mothers
surveyed know that breastfeeding is best, and yet it is a minority of mothers in both countries who
exclusively breastfeed. Probe deeper and the mothers reveal a raft of barriers to
breastfeeding, most common among them the need to return to work. The Philips’ report shines a
light onto the widening chasm between breastfeeding rhetoric and reality for these working mothers.
The world keeps instructing them to breastfeed early and exclusively when the realities of daily
working life in urban Africa make it increasingly impossible. Our ultimate goal should be to create a
world where breastfeeding mothers have the freedom to breastfeed, because as the research unequivocally
demonstrates, breastfeeding is not just about child survival, it is fundamentally about mother empowerment.”