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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Standing at right, Elizabeth Spence, Chairman of the Breastfeeding Association, with counsellors and trainees of the Association.

World Breastfeeding Week was recognised on Saturday, August 5 at a celebration breakfast hosted by The Breastfeeding Association of T&T (formerly known as TIBS), at its headquarters in Rust Street, Port-of-Spain. The event celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week and the 40th anniversary of the Breastfeeding Association.

Among people in attendance were the Association’s patron, former First Lady, Zalayhar Hassanali, and founder Mrs Marilyn Stollmeyer.

Mrs Elizabeth Spence, Chairman, together with Mrs Hassanali, welcomed everyone. A message of support from the Director of Women’s Health, Dr Adesh Sirjusingh, recognised the sterling efforts of TBATT over the past 40 years and that the Association had made a major impact in citizens’ welfare. Dr Vanessa Stewart, Director, reminded everyone that breastfeeding always represented the start of a healthy lifestyle and indeed was the crucial component in managing lifestyle diseases like obesity and its associated NCDs like high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes and heart attacks.

In addition to enjoying a traditional Trinidadian breakfast, guests participated in a silent paint auction, with paintings kindly donated by local artists, and enjoyed musical entertainment and a photographic display of some of the milestones of the past 40 years, including 25 years of World Breastfeeding Week, that revived many happy memories.

Several patrons returned home as the lucky winners of wonderful door prizes. The Breastfeeding Association thanked the many generous sponsors for their ongoing support. The winners included Maheshawarie Maharaj, who won a ticket to any Caribbean destination courtesy of Caribbean Airlines.

At the conclusion of the event, everyone left feeling inspired to strive to achieve this year’s World Breastfeeding Week goal of “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.”