Written by Williams ABAH

Adewole tasks mothers on exclusive breastfeeding

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has tasked nursing mothers on exclusive breast feeding for six months, just as he urged all stakeholders in the health sector to intensify campaign for exclusive breastfeeding, especially in the rural areas. 

Adewole made the call at a press briefing to commemorate the 2018, World Breastfeeding Week held in Abuja, while calling on mothers to feed their babies with breast milk only especially within the first six months of their lives. 

In his words, "I must point out that a breast feed child has been provided ideal nutrition as a contribution to his or her health growth development, that child is protected from incidence of severe infection diseases resulting in lower morbidity. The breast feed, especially, the one exclusively breast feed first six months of lives rarely fall sick". 

He said healthy babies’ enables family to save, through reduction in hospital expenditure, and the return could be used for other needs in the families, noting that mothers also benefit from the gain of exclusive breastfeeding practice.

In her statement of commitment to support, and protect optimal breastfeeding in Nigeria, Minister of State, Ministry of Budget and National planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, described breastfeeding as a simplest, and least expensive means of meeting the nutritional needs of a new born babies.

She said initiating breastfeeding within the first six months reduces neonatal mortality by 22 percent, while calling for harmonization of all efforts by different stakeholders on exclusive breastfeeding by 2025.

The WHO country representative, Dr. Wondi Alemu, represented by Andrew Mbawe, said that breastfeeding has been identified as very important aspect of human lives, stressing that WHO, was concern about the policy strategies, as well as research and development to promote breastfeeding in Nigeria. 

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