Some mum’s could have been getting it all wrong about breastfeeding especially the younger ones who have little or no knowledge about the act.
The Federal Government thought it wise to sensitize nursing mothers on some breastfeeding ethics which is not only good for the babies but enhances the well-being of mothers.
Dr Chris Isokpunwu, who is the Head of Nutrition in the Ministry of Health, has advised that nursing mums should ensure they commence breastfeeding within 30 minutes of child’s birth to enhance healthy living.
He gave this advice in Abuja on Monday, August 1, 2016 at the inauguration of the 2016 Breastfeeding Week tagged “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development’’, organised by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN).
The theme is breastfeeding in relation to sustainability, and most importantly to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Isokpunwu described exclusive breastfeeding in the first 1,000 days of child’s live as crucial to child’s survival and as well protect the child from frequent illnesses.
He called for the timely introduction and right frequency of adequate complementary foods.
The nutritionist said that the week was aimed at drawing attention to the importance and the benefits of breastfeeding, creating awareness and mobilising the society to support and protect breastfeeding and lauded the federal government’s move to reactivate the baby friendly initiative.
He said: “Breast milk is good for the child and exclusive breastfeeding protects the child from ill-health, frequent illnesses and also ensure that there is a reduction in the number of time a child is exposed to infections.
“We need to protect breastfeeding and support breastfeeding in work places, and we are calling on the private sectors to set up crèches, especially the big ones.
“The small ones can set up breastfeeding rooms and encourage women to go on breastfeeding break to adequately breast feed their children.”
Also, Mr Zakaria Fusheini, a Nutrition Advocacy Specialist with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), urged the federal government to initiate policies that would address challenges facing mothers in breastfeeding their children.
He urged the government to also galvanise efforts and mobilise resources toward ensuring that mothers have the needed support to exclusively breastfeed their children.
He said: “It is not enough to urge mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children in the first six months of lives, but adequate modalities and policies, among others, must be put in place to make such practice fulfilling.”
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