Cultural leaders from 17 recognized cultural institutions in Uganda today pledged their support to end cultural practices that are harmful to breastfeeding.
At a gathering at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala, the cultural leaders signed a Declaration that advocates for all tribes in the country to carry out and support government recommended breastfeeding practices.
Present were representatives from the kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro Kitara, Tooro, Busoga, Ankole, Alur, Acholi, Kooki chiefdom, Adhola Chiefdom, Buruli, Iteso Cultural Union, Rwenzururu, Bugwere, Masaba, Bawamba, Lango Cultural Foundation, and Karamoja Elders’ Association.
According to the ministry of health, breastfeeding should start within one hour after delivery and children should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months. Thereafter complimentary foods can be added to the menu. Children are also supposed to be fed at least eight times a day.
Bernard Tungakwo, Prime Minister Tooro Kingdom and President of Cultural Institutions Forum in Uganda, says that they as leaders decided to make the commitment because some cultural practices affect breastfeeding negatively.