Meet this Hospital in Bungoma, Where Mothers Own a Room for Breastfeeding

The lactating room at Lifecare Hospital. PHOTO/COURTESY
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On August 8th, this year 2019, Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Hassan was ordered out of Parliament for disrupting the Wednesday morning session after walking in with her five-month-old baby.

According to The Standard, the the national Assembly presiding Speaker and Luanda Member of Parliament Chris Omulele ordered her out of the chambers for causing disorder, saying that what had happened was “unprecedented” .

On August 8th, this year 2019, Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Hassan was ordered out of Parliament for disrupting the Wednesday morning session after walking in with her five-month-old baby.

According to The Standard, the then National Assembly presiding Speaker and Luanda Member of Parliament Chris Omulele ordered her out of the chambers for causing disorder, saying that what had happened was “unprecedented”.

“This is my third baby in Parliament; I’ve never done this. I’ve tried really hard not to come with the baby but today I had an emergency so what was I supposed to do; miss parliament and my duties just because I have a baby? That’s why I came with her,” explained Zuleikha.

The issue caused a storm on social media with many users rebuking and defending the legislator by all means.

That aside, many institutions do neglect breastfeeding women by failing to set aside a space for mothers to enjoy lactating without men peeping at their nipples.

Hospitals for example, have been on the spot  for not providing breastfeeding rooms for mothers. However, not at Lifecare Hospital Bungoma where mothers are secured with a spacious lactating room where they can attend to their little angels without any fear.

“Here, the mothers own this room. They can walk in and out at anytime to breastfeed their younger ones,” explains Mrs Winfred Awinja the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer.

“At this facility, we do not only focus on treating patients a lone but also ensure that families enjoy a comfortable, conducive environment because it’s their right.”

The room can accommodate up to 5 mothers and well spacious with modern couches that provide exemplary comfort both to the mother and the child.

Hygiene is also a top priority here with full-time cleaners on alert to keep the premise clean and conducive.

Unlike in other hospitals where such an idea is given little or no attention, Lifecare has actually put the welfare of mothers into their thoughts and very encouraging to respect the place of mothers in the society. Have a Motherly Newy Year 2020!

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