Friday, 7 June 2013

Breastfeeding situation in Slovenia

The situation of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Slovenia has been reviewed at the 63rd session of the Committee on the Right of the Child (CRC Committee), on Wednesday 6th June.
IBFAN presented its alternative report where it highlighted that Slovenia has only few provisions of law implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
The issue of breastfeeding has been touched upon during the interactive dialogue between the CRC Committee and the country delegation.
Slovenian delegation reported that their country puts a special emphasis on breastfeeding, in laws, policies and guidelines (e.g. in the ‘Guidelines on Healthy Diet for Young Children’), where it has pledged to increase exclusive breastfeeding for the period 0-6 months of the baby’s life.
According to the delegation, breastfeeding rates are high in Slovenia, with 97% of breastfed babies up to 3 months and 2/3 exclusively breastfed in 2010.
Slovenia has also adopted a ban on marketing of breastmilk substitutes, while many maternity clinics are mother-friendly hospitals.
Breastfeeding is included in labour legislation according to which mothers have the right to breastfeed breaks until the baby is 18 months of age, without loss of payment.

The problem of high incidence of obesity in the country was also addressed by the delegation. In a US-EU countries ranking on obesity, Slovenia falls in the first third with the most obese population. Obesity is a complex issue and it is mentioned in several policies: on physical activity, on nutrition, etc. Vending machines have been abolished in schools and a policy on healthy diet in schools is subsidized by the State.