The Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project celebrates World Breastfeeding Week in Lesotho

August 2008

Babies who are properly breastfed can grow up to be as healthy and strong as Olympic athletes. That’s the message Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho delivered to families across the country in August to mark World Breastfeeding Week and its theme, “Mother Support: Going for the Gold.” The Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other breastfeeding advocates to help communities learn more about optimal breastfeeding practices during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1–7, 2008.

Makatleho Masoabi, the IYCN country coordinator, helped craft a nationally televised speech by Lesotho’s Queen Masenate urging mothers to use good breastfeeding practices. To help spread the word about optimal breastfeeding practices, Masaobi also answered caller questions on local radio stations and worked with hospitals across the country to encourage increased counseling with new mothers.

Read more about the IYCN Project in Lesotho.