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Only 24 Percent Of Infants In Nigeria Gets 6 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding–Expert

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Only 24 Percent Of Infants In Nigeria Gets 6 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding–Expert

BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto

Only about 24 percent of infants in Nigeria gets exclusive breastfeeding within the first six (6) months of birth, a survey on National Maternity Entitlement carried out by Alive and Thrive in collaboration with Federal ministry of Health has revealed.

The survey which further noted that, adequate nutrition in the first 1000 days from pregnancy to two years of age, is critical to enable all children lead a healthier and more productive lives, added that mothers well-being is key to ensuring healthy outcomes. 

Professor Muhammed Oche soaking as one of the Panelists for the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week Programme held in Dankeni Hotels, Sokoto today. 

Speaking at the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week programme organized by the Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with FHI360/A&T and Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Sokoto State chapter, one of the panelists, Professor, Mohammed Oche from Usman Damfosiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto (UDUTH), called on government at all levels to ensure community baby friendly initiatives. 

Speaking on the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, “Enabling Breastfeeding, Making a Difference for Working Parents”, in her remarks ,Sokoto State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Barrister Aisha Dantsoho reassured that breastfeeding certainly gives the best feeding. 

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Professor Rabiu Umar, Professor Tahir as well as the representative of UDUTH Chief Medical Director, Professor Raji and the Provost UDUS College of Heath Sciences, Professor Ahmed Saidu Sule, all undersodred the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. 

While throwing their collective support for the full implemention of, “Workplace Breastfeeding Lactation Programme in Nigeria, the acedemicians noted that breast milk increases infants immune system, stimulates neurological development as well as strengthen mother child bond.  

Earlier in his welcome address, Sokoto State Nutrition Officer, Muhammed Alhamza appealed to expectant and nursing mother’s as well as their husbands to support exclusive breastfeeding. 

In their call to action, Alive and Thrive urge participants to become advocate of exclusive breastfeeding in their respective locations. 

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