At the DENOSA Peadiatric Nursing Symposium held at Waterfront Hotel in Durban, DENOSA Provincial Organiser, Mandla Shabangu opened the Symposium and said he hopes that peadiatric nurses will engage every presentation as part of learning.
"We meet after a sad day of heavy storms in Durban two days ago. Regardless of that, however, as nurses we are still expected to be well-informed and capacitated and be of value to our communities.
"The first 1000 days of the infant is very important. In this Symposium, we are working with the Department of Health Nestle. We are happy with the presence of the Department of Health, but most of its focus in the first 1000 days of the baby is breast-feeding. But what happens when the mother is not willing to do so, for reasons that are related to health?" he asked.
Nestle's Medical and Scientific Affairs Assistant Manager, Claire Tolmay, emphasised that the first 1000 days of the baby is very important. She also points that nutrition pre- and post-delivery is very important for babies. To point this out, she adds that the malnarished the mother is, the smaller the baby becomes and so on. "Did you know that if the baby is going to be diabetic, that that can be discovered during the pregnancy?"
"So, the nutrition that mothers have in their stomachs determines whether the baby will be diabetic - while they are in the womb - or whether they will have cadiovascular disease or obesity. So, we can blame fast-foods all we want."
She says milk is very important, and so important that in the US it is sold in Mls, just as important as gold is to us in South Africa, which we sell in ounces and grams.