Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: The Friends of Breastfeeding Association of the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah held a virtual meeting to discuss the recommendations of the ‘foster mother’ project, including enhancing health awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, highlighting recommendations of the international health organizations in terms of the breast milk alternatives, and creating a ‘foster mother registry’ in cooperation with the competent health and government bodies.
Chaired by Eng. Khawla Al Noman, Head of Breastfeeding Friends Association, the meeting was attended by members of the association’s scientific committee and speakers specializing in the health, psychological, social, religious, and legal fields.
The meeting touched on the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed their children, the alternatives that are consistent with legal and medical frameworks for mothers who cannot breastfeed, and the consequences of lack of breastfeeding and its health, psychological, social, and legal implications.
“The foster mother project is one of our important programs and initiatives. We seek through it to enhance the breastfeeding concept and motivate mothers to breast owing to its importance for the mother and child,” said Eng. Khawla Al Noman.
We help them go through all challenges and hurdles to continue to breastfeed and think of the alternatives to breastfeeding, on the other hand, she added.
Al Noman commended the recommendations of the ‘foster mother’ initiative since they were characterized by their comprehensiveness practically and educationally.
From ensuring the availability of the strictest health and psychological requirements in the foster mother to underlining the legitimate reason for looking for a foster mother to preserve the infant’s rights, other recommendations include raising the awareness of mothers about the need to search for foster mothers, in the event that they cannot breastfeed their children.
Among the most important recommendations was raising mothers’ awareness about the significance of stem cells and genetic factors in the breast milk, as these stimulate the infant’s satiety hormone and contribute to reducing rates of diabetes and obesity among children.