Presentation Information

Heidi Lam

Breastfeeding in Hong Kong and traditional Chinese wisdom on confinement practices

  • Speaker: Heidi Lam , B.So.Sci, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Credits: .5 CERP, 0.5 Nursing CEU, 0.5 CME, 0.05 Midwifery CEU, .5 Dietetic CEU

Breastfeeding rates upon discharge is rising in Hong Kong over the past 20 years. Breastfeeding has become more of a topic than ever before. However, it is still very common to have early introduction of formula and exclusive breastfeeding rate is still low. Most private hospitals do not allow 24 hours room in. Many mothers need to go back to work when the baby is only six weeks old. In Hong Kong, it is very common to practice a confinement period after birth. This traditional Chinese wisdom has many benefits for the mothers and babies. Mothers of other cultures can also make use of some of the practices to benefit themselves.