Last month, Medical Teams International shared the story of Marie Yolaine Occéan, who became the first mother in her locality of Crochu, Haiti to exclusively breastfeed her child for six months. As a result of her commitment to breastfeeding and her child's health, MTI Haiti and the local health committee presented her with an outstanding award on International Women's Day!
Marie with her Award
Marie spoke at our celebration, sharing that she she was happy to receive the award and that she encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies.
MTI programs encouraged her to breastfeed. Some of her community urged her to introduce banana flour so the baby would get used to food. They also suggested she would get too skinny if she breastfed. Once she hit six months, her friends said the baby would certainly not eat food at this point.
However, Marie stuck with it! She shares that her baby has not become sick during that time. She had noticed that when other mother's gave food early, the children would get sick with diarrhea. Marie has two older children who she did not exclusively breastfeed, and she notes it has also helped with bonding.
Now MTI is helping Marie learn about introducing food appropriately to continue to have a happy, healthy baby!
Thank you for your support of our maternal & child health programs in Haiti! You are truly improving the health and lives of people in need and empowering them!