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Early Childhood Commission Supports Paternity Leave

0 | 2018-12-17 11:35:00

The Early Childhood Commission joins in lobbying for paternity leave. The ECC recognizes that children especially in the early childhood years need their fathers to achieve maximum social, emotional and cognitive development.

Research has shown that children who have an involved father from birth are more likely to be emotionally stable. These children are also self-confident, better able to socialize and have better educational outcomes as they grow older.

Paternity Leave increases the likelihood of optimal infant feeding. This is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF as early initiation of breastfeeding. The ECC supports the Ministry of Health as they promote breastfeeding for the first 6 months followed by appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding for up to 2 years.

Lactating mothers need the support from fathers. A recent research by JA Kids, 2011 revealed that 99.25% of the fathers interviewed, believed that breast milk is better than formula while 98.4% believed that breastfeeding creates a special bond with mom. Paternity leave will offer an opportunity for fathers to be present in their children’s lives, providing the stability needed for optimum development in young children.

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