Expectant mothers to get milk for three months

September 14, 2016
Marketing Manager of Island Dairies Ltd, Livingston Binns; Parish Manager of the St. Elizabeth Health Services, Sean Brissett; Regional Nutritionist for the SRHA, Alice Carney; expectant mother Thalene Campbell; and Director of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, Hugh Graham are all smiles just before the handing over of milk to the expectant mother.

In an effort to boost the health and nutrition of unborn babies, the Jamaica Diary Development Board (JDDB) will give expectant mothers in St Elizabeth a weekly supply of milk for the next three months.

The board, which is an agency in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, partnered with milk producers, Serge Island Dairies, Jamaica Beverages, Edwards Dairy, and Island Dairies Limited, to donate the milk to the expectant mothers.  

The donations were made last Friday at the New Market Health Centre in St Elizabeth as part of the JDDB's Postnatal and Antenatal Nutrition Support Programme. 

Regional nutritionist for the southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Alice Carney, told the expectant mothers that their diets should provide all the nutrients necessary for a mother’s health and the developing foetus. She added that there should be adequate amounts of folic acid, energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, especially calcium, iron and magnesium, in the mother’s diet.

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