China to Build More Breast-Feeding Rooms

June 3, 2014
Editor: Peter Yin

China will make more efforts to build more breast-feeding rooms and give greater support to breast feeding, according to a press conference held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on May 29, in Beijing.

As the exclusive breast-feeding rate is quite low in China, the NHFPC has made great efforts to promote breast feeding, said Deputy Director of the NHFPC Wang Guoqiang. He added that 64 cities in China have established 534 breast-feeding rooms which are used by mothers to feed their babies.

According to the press conference which mainly briefed the media on the issues of women and children's health, in 2013 the maternal mortality rate in China dropped to 23.2 per 100,000, 56.2 percent lower than in 2000. The mortality rate of infants and children under 5 dropped to 9 per 1,000, 70.5 percent and 69.8 percent lower respectively than in 2000. All these data indicate that China did better in protecting women and children's health than most other developing countries.

As China has relaxed its family planning policies and allowed couples with one partner from one-child families to have a second child, the number of pregnant women has risen in some cities and some hospitals across China are unable to meet the increasing demand for wards from pregnant women. In regard to this problem, Wang said that the commission will take measures to reinforce hospital facilities and improve doctors' professional skills.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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