Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Nutritionists count gains of exclusive breastfeeding

National President of Nutrition Society of Nigeria, NSN, Prof. Ngozi Nnam, has said that exclusive breastfeeding of babies for the first six months will drastically reduce infant mortality in the country.

Nnam stated this while delivering her speech at a one-day breastfeeding symposium organised by Promasidor Nigeria Limited during which the company also introduced two infant formulas - Cowbell Tina 1 and Cowbell Tina 2 at the Civic Centre Victoria Island, Lagos.

Prof. Nnam explained that breastfeeding has an extraordinary range of benefits for the child likewise the mother, stressing that in circumstances where it is impossible for mothers to breastfeed their babies, substitutes that are readily available and affordable.

She said that the World Health Organisation, WHO, recommends mothers to exclusively breastfeed infants to achieve optimal growth, development and thereafter be given nutritious complementary food, and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

Her words: “in nutrition infant and choices, exclusive breastfeeding alone is a complete nutritional source for infants because it contains all the essential nutrients, bio-active compound and anti-effective factors by the infant in the first six months of life.

"Insufficient nutrient on babies could have significant effect on their brain which is rapidly developing during infancy. Inadequate supply of the nutrients like iron, iodine, magnesium, vitamin B12, folate, fat (LCPUFA) leads to insults in the brain to reduce intelligent Quotient, IQ, by 13.5 points. The effect is permanent.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director, Promasidor, Mr Oliver Thiry said the company produces premium nutritional products that are good for all categories of people, adding that the products produced by the company contains vitamins A, Iron and other vital nutrients the human body needs for health living.

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