The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) held a workshop to review a workplace intervention to support breastfeeding programme in Hanoi on December 18.

VGCL Vice President Nguyen Thi Thu Hong said the confederation’s researches show that about 83 percent of female employees cannot breastfeed exclusively in the first six months after giving births.

This year, the VGCL has coordinated with the Alive and Thrive (A&T) to carry out the programme.

It has compiled 16,000 leaflets to provide breastfeeding knowledge for female workers in 25 businesses in where 25 breastfeeding rooms have been set up to support over 4,000 workers who raise infants, she said.

Trade unions at all levels have worked with businesses to popularise policies on female workers and maternity leave, and breastfeeding information to some 5,000 targeted workers, she added.

To promote the programme’s effectiveness, participants at the event urged trade unions to further disseminate breastfeeding practices and labour policy among female workers as well as persuade enterprises to set up more breastfeeding rooms.-VNA