Saturday, April 17, 2010

High milk price to affect mums

Monika Singh

Fiji Times - Saturday, April 17, 2010
THE increase in the price of powdered milk will have a huge impact on mothers and their children, says the Fiji Council of Social Services executive director Hassan Khan
Mr Khan said the rise in price would be a difficult cost to bear for those who relied on locally-produced milk for the health of their families.
"Milk is a basic need for families. It is used every day.
"For the women in Fiji, this increase will be particularly hard to face," he said.
Mr Khan said if families could not afford to buy milk, there could be more malnourished and sick children, and mothers could even resort to diluting milk for their children.
He said women would depend more on breast milk because of the high shelf price, but some working mothers who could not breastfeed their children during the day would need to find other alternatives.
"Mother's milk provides all the necessary nutrients an infant needs in exactly the right proportions for its growth and sustenance, and with the price increase of milk we should promote breastfeeding as an economic measure," Mr Khan said.
Soqosoqo Vakamarama secretary Adi Finau Tabakaucoro said this was a good time to promote breastfeeding.
"This increase in price of powdered milk should encourage mothers to revert to breastmilk because it is the best nutrient for the baby," she said.

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