National Guideline on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers


From July to October this year, the Ministry of Health will organize a series of workshop to disseminate the “National Guideline on Nutrition for pregnant women and lactating mothers” to healthcare professionals from nationwide hospitals in Vietnam. The Guideline is compiled by leading professors and doctors working in the fields of nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics with the technical support of Abbott Vietnam. This is the first of its kind guideline that will provide localized information and nutrition knowledge to doctors, midwives and nurses to take care of pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Previously, the guideline was launched in March this year, and this is an important implementation of the project “Improvement of nutrition status for pregnant women and lactating mothers” under the strategic partnership between Ministry of Health and the global healthcare company Abbott that aims to enhance health of women of reproduction age and stature of Vietnamese people.

The first workshop was carried out in Hanoi from July 10 to 13 with participation of healthcare professionals from provincial hospitals of Quang Ninh, Dien Bien, Son La, Lai Chau, Bac Kan. The next workshops will be organized respectively in Ho Chi Minh city and Da Nang for hospitals under the Ministry of Health and hospitals of 35 provinces.

Many studies have proved that maternal nutrition affects fetal development. Nutrition deficiencies during pregnancy can increase the risk of obstetric complications and low birth weight in babies. Nutrition during breastfeeding stage has clear impacts on children’s health. However, health care practitioners have not been provided with enough knowledge leading to difficulties in advising customers to change their nutrition practice habits. The National Guideline on Nutrition for pregnant women and lactating mothers is built on science knowledge with reference of credible clinical studies that localized for Vietnamese people and applicable in Vietnam hospitals.

Mr. Nguyen Duc Vinh, Director of Maternal and Child Health Department, Ministry of Health, said: “The National Guideline on Nutrition for Pregnant and Lactating Mothers” issued and implemented with the support of Abbott Vietnam is one of the practical activities of the Ministry of Health to effectively implement the National Strategy on Nutrition for the 2011-2020 period and visions to 2030, and was approved by the Prime Minister.

MD. Low Yen Ling, Director of R&D at Abbott’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Research & Development Center in Singapore said “As a participant in the study “Impact of Maternal Milk Supplementation on Birth Outcomes & Breastfeeding Success”, I understand that nutritional improvement for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers is important issue that need to be addressed comprehensively, as balanced and sufficient nutrition in this period plays critical role in improving the stature of children. I highly appreciate that the Ministry of Health has taken practical steps in improving maternal nutrition and healthcare for pregnant women and lactating mothers by launching this national guideline and upcoming programs implemented nationwide.”


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