FKE partners with Nestlé to champion for breastfeeding in the workplace

To Press Releases listJul 31, 2015

 

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) CEO, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo and the Head of Nestle East African Cluster, Nestle Kenya Ms. Ciru Miring’u cut the ribbon to officially commission a breastfeeding room at Nestle Kenya. The facility will provide a conducive environment to facilitate mothers to continue breastfeeding at work.

Nairobi, 28th July 2015—The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) has today unveiled a breastfeeding facility at Nestlé Kenya as it looks at encouraging more of its members to provide a conducive environment to facilitate mothers to continue breastfeeding while at work.

Speaking during the launch event at Nestlé Kenya offices, FKE CEO, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo said the Federation was taking up the global call for action by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to support women in being able to breastfeed while at work.

“We have over 2500 members in the federation and many of them are keen on providing an enabling environment for breastfeeding mothers. We are aiming to encourage all of them to implement this as a matter of priority,” said Ms.Mugo.

 

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) CEO, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo and the Head of Nestle East African Cluster, Nestle Kenya Ms. Ciru Miring’u officially commission a breastfeeding room at Nestle Kenya. The facility will provide a conducive environment to facilitate mothers to continue breastfeeding at work.

The breastfeeding room and equipment may vary depending with the organization, but needs to be a private, hygienic, safe and secure area where the female employees can express their milk. “With just a few provisions to facilitate the collection and storage of mother's milk, these mothers will be happier employees and will have healthier children,” said Ms. Mugo.

The call for global action to be taken to support women to make breastfeeding work at the workplace is the theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, “Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make it Work!,” which runs from the 1st to the 7thAugust.

In Kenya, breastfeeding rates remain positive in strong numbers. In exclusive feeding nonetheless, there is a noticeable decline when the mother returns to work after weaning as compared to when at home. This is especially so for mothers in the higher socio-economic levels.

 

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) CEO, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo (right) and the Head of Nestle East African Cluster, Nestle Kenya Ms. Ciru Miring’u join Lucy Mwaura (centre), the Factory Hygienist and a lactating mother during the official commissioning a breastfeeding room at Nestle Kenya. The facility will provide a conducive environment to facilitate mothers to continue breastfeeding at work.

According to Ms. Ciru Miring’u, Head of Nestlé’s East African Cluster, Nestlé Kenya is committed to not only empowering their own employees, but also educating consumers on the benefits of breastfeeding through the Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy initiative.

“Last month, Nestlé launched a global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees worldwide that is now estimated to be one of the most progressive programmes of its kind in the industry,” said Ms. Miring’u adding on that the policy gives employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave and the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months.

 

Nestle Kenya Factory Hygienist Lucy Mwaura, and also a lactating mother prepares herself to express milk at the newly unveiled breastfeeding room. The facility will provide a conducive environment to facilitate mothers to continue breastfeeding at work.

The new Nestlé maternity policy will be applicable to all primary caregivers of newborns, including male employees and adoptive parents. It also includes employment protection, flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in head offices and sites with more than 50 employees.

Ms. Mugo lauded Nestlé Kenya for setting a good example in accommodating breastfeeding mothers and observed that Nestlé’s partnership with FKE will help scale-up fast the number of employers with an enabling environment for breastfeeding at work.

 

“We thank Nestlé for leading this call to action. As a leading company in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, we couldn’t get a better partner in rallying our members to support breastfeeding in the workplace,” said Ms. Mugo.

 

Nestlé has 280 employees in Kenya and 90 are women in various capacities.