El Salvador assumes the guardianship of the UN breastfeeding rooms

El Salvador today the role of guardian of the United Nations Organization’s headquarters in New York, United States, where the first lady of the republic, Gabriela de Bukele, attended the inauguration ceremony of the new spaces.

«I feel very honored to be here on behalf of El Salvador to inaugurate and re-open the United Nations Breastfeeding Rooms to the public, an organization that brings together and represents many countries around the world. Today we assume one more commitment to mothers and their babies by being guardians of these rooms» — Salvadoran first lady.

Of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations Organization, El Salvador and New Zealand have been assigned as guardians, which implies: the design of spaces and providing advice and information on breastfeeding, refrigeration methods, milk heating, among others.

This act is a recognition of the work of the government and the first lady and her experience as a psychologist and prenatal educator, which has allowed her to contribute to the well-being and development of Salvadoran early childhood.

«Since the beginning of our administration as a government, we have promoted, protected, and supported breastfeeding as a fundamental element for the comprehensive development of our citizens, from early childhood» — Gabriela de Bukele, in her speech.

During the event, eight rooms that were remodeled and that had been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were reopened, and another one located near the General Assembly hall was inaugurated.

These spaces will allow employees and visitors to the UN building to properly breastfeed, express, and store milk. In addition to being a warm, adequate and dignified space to change or rest with your babies.

The first lady also had a meeting, prior to the official act, with the president of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, with whom she shared the importance of investing in actions aimed at promoting the comprehensive development of citizens from early childhood.

Before the ribbon cutting that formalized the enabling of the lactation rooms, the first lady in her speech shared with the audience all the work carried out with the Grow Together Policy and the implementation of the Nacer con Cariño law.

«This law allows mothers to be informed, starting from pregnancy with the Prenatal Education Program. It promotes skin-to-skin contact at birth, which favors better breastfeeding from the first hour of life, in addition to promoting it exclusively during the first six months» — she said.