As part of the world breastfeeding week celebrations, Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy launched a breastfeeding campaign themed ‘Breastfeeding, it takes all of us’ by holding roundtable discussions with key stakeholders to discuss ways in which they could assist mothers breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and beyond.
Nestlé also runs an educative program called Start Healthy Stay Healthy for parents and caregivers to promote healthy nutrition in the crucial first 1000 days. It provides science-proven nutrition education services to establish good nutrition and feeding practices in the First 1000 Days - including maternal nutrition during pregnancy, and the promotion of breastfeeding as the best start in life.
For years now, Nestlé has been at the forefront in supporting and promoting awareness of the need for exclusive breastfeeding as strongly advised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The company has for the past two years hosted Health Care Professionals, including nurses and midwives and opinion leaders, for breastfeeding and scientific conferences organized by Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (an independent, non-profit making organisation and the non-commercial arm of Nestlé), in support of the World Breastfeeding Week event held from 1st to 7th of August every year.
Exclusive breastfeeding, according to WHO, helps reduces infant mortality from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia and also contributes to the health and well-being of mothers.
Nestlé has 271 employees in Kenya and 99 are women in various capacities.