Nursing mothers tasked on exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months as this Year’s World Breastfeeding Week is commemorated
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate this Year’s World Breastfeeding Week, nursing mothers have been urged to practice a minimum of six months exclusive breastfeeding of infants to enable them to grow into strong and healthy adults.
Speaking with Planet News some women in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital said that exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months played a major role in raising a crop of intelligent youths that would provide purposeful leadership in future.
They advised nursing mothers not to see breastfeeding as obsolete as no amount of innovation in manufactured baby cereals could surpass breast milk.
Health Expert, Dr. Victor Modo who spoke on the 2020 theme, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet,” dwelt on the importance of breastfeeding to infants and mothers, adding that there was the need for government to promote exclusive and optimal breastfeeding as a way of protecting the child.
World Breastfeeding Week is marked by the United Nations member countries between August 1st and 7th every year in commemoration of the 1990 Innocent Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF to protect and support breastfeeding.
Written By Bassey Ibiatisuho
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