Saturday, 21 September 2013

Tuvalu and breastfeeding

Tuvalu presented its initial report on the situation of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the country. The 2nd to 5th periodic reports are expected by October 2017.
IBFAN did not present any report.
Discussion on infant and young child feeding
The Committee did not enlarge on the issue of breastfeeding. The delegation of Tuvalu simply mentioned the fact that breastfeeding was actively encouraged, especially among young mothers.
Concluding Observations
In its Concluding Observations, the CRC Committee made recommendations on promoting the implement of breastfeeding programmes.
Regarding breastfeeding, the CRC Committee recognized that Tuvalu has adopted national policy on breastfeeding and has designated Princess Margaret Hospital as a baby-friendly hospital. However, the Committee gave concern on the brief duration of breastfeeding. It therefore recommended Tuvalu to: “undertake specific measures to promote exclusive breastfeeding up to the age of 6 months, including by providing training to all health workers and introducing legal measures to control the marketing and promotion of artificial infant formula” (para 53-54).