Group tasks Nursing mother on Exclusive Breastfeeding

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Group tasks Nursing mother on Exclusive Breastfeeding

By: Femi Mustapha

The Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigerian (CS-SUNN)
had urged nursing mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children for six months as the best source of nutrition for the infant.

The  State Coordinator of the Group Silas Ideve during a media in Silas Ideva made the assertion during a media engagement held in kaduna North West Nigeria on 30th September 2020.

According to him adequate nutrition is essential during infancy and early childhood, and indeed the first 1000 days of the child for the child’s growth, health and cognitive development.

Silas explained that World Health Organization recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. I

“t is thereafter expedient, that babies should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

“However, mothers who want to practice exclusive breastfeeding are constrained by a number of factors, ranging from lack of institutional and family support, inadequate baby-friendly facilities to lack of awareness and length of maternity leave.

“In Kaduna State We are fortunate to have the declaration by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, I recall that during the WBW, we were informed during the key message of her Excellency, that processes are ongoing to institutionalize the commitment on Maternity leave.

“We call on government, and responsible agencies and institutions, to institutionalize this commitment  ” he said

In his remarks Abubakar Adamu
State Programme Officer of Alive and Thrive (FHI360)  said  in line with the 2020 theme, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet” the WHO and UNICEF urges governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.

“Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers and it forms part of a sustainable food system.

“But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding,” she quoted the international bodies as saying.

Adamu said that breastfeeding was beneficial to both the mother and the child, economically, socially and health wise.

“WHO recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives, after which complementary foods can be introduced for up to two years of age and beyond.

“Exclusive breastfeeding is when a child is given only breast milk as food, on demand.

“ There will be no giving of water, pap, juices or any other thing and the breast milk must be given when the child wants it,’’ she said.

On some benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk,  said that the breastfeeding period was the most critical period of each child’s life in terms of his/her growth, development and bonding with the mother.

“Breast milk is a unique source of food for babies that contains all necessary nutrients required for the infant’s health, growth and development.

“The first form of milk that comes out from the breast after childbirth is called Colostrum and it has many benefits, especially immunity-boosting properties.

“Breastmilk contains numerous antioxidants that protect babies from harm caused by pathogens.

“Exclusive breast feeding up to the first six months of an infant’s life reduces the risk of developing gastrointestinal infections, asthma and increases prevention on development of childhood obesity

“Breastmilk is an important source of antioxidants including vitamin C and E which prevents or reduces oxidative damages to various body tissues.

“Many anti-inflammatory agents which protect the baby from inflammatory harm are also contained in the breast milk,’’ she said.

The Alive and Thrive Program Officer said that breastfeed.

Group tasks Nursing mother on Exclusive Breastfeeding

By: Femi Mustapha

The Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigerian (CS-SUNN)
had urged nursing mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children for six months as the best source of nutrition for the infant.

The  State Coordinator of the Group Silas Ideve during a media in Silas Ideva made the assertion during a media engagement held in kaduna  North West Nigeria on 30th September 2020.

According to him adequate nutrition is essential during infancy and early childhood, and indeed the first 1000 days of the child for the child’s growth, health and cognitive development.

Silas explained that World Health Organization recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. I

“t is thereafter expedient, that babies should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

“However, mothers who want to practice exclusive breastfeeding are constrained by a number of factors, ranging from lack of institutional and family support, inadequate baby-friendly facilities to lack of awareness and length of maternity leave.

“In Kaduna State We are fortunate to have the declaration by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, I recall that during the WBW, we were informed during the key message of her Excellency, that processes are ongoing to institutionalize the commitment on Maternity leave.

“We call on government, and responsible agencies and institutions, to institutionalize this commitment  ” he said

In his remarks Abubakar Adamu
State Programme Officer of Alive and Thrive (FHI360)  said  in line with the 2020 theme, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet” the WHO and UNICEF urges governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.

“Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers and it forms part of a sustainable food system.

“But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding,” she quoted the international bodies as saying.

Adamu said that breastfeeding was beneficial to both the mother and the child, economically, socially and health wise.

“WHO recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives, after which complementary foods can be introduced for up to two years of age and beyond.

“Exclusive breastfeeding is when a child is given only breast milk as food, on demand.

“ There will be no giving of water, pap, juices or any other thing and the breast milk must be given when the child wants it,’’ she said.

On some benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk,  said that the breastfeeding period was the most critical period of each child’s life in terms of his/her growth, development and bonding with the mother.

“Breast milk is a unique source of food for babies that contains all necessary nutrients required for the infant’s health, growth and development.

“The first form of milk that comes out from the breast after childbirth is called Colostrum and it has many benefits, especially immunity-boosting properties.

“Breastmilk contains numerous antioxidants that protect babies from harm caused by pathogens.

“Exclusive breast feeding up to the first six months of an infant’s life reduces the risk of developing gastrointestinal infections, asthma and increases prevention on development of childhood obesity

“Breastmilk is an important source of antioxidants including vitamin C and E which prevents or reduces oxidative damages to various body tissues.

“Many anti-inflammatory agents which protect the baby from inflammatory harm are also contained in the breast milk,’’ she said.

The Alive and Thrive Program Officer said that breastfeeding provided opportunity for the baby to feel the warmth and love of the mother.

Similarly the Project Manager World Bank support Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRIN) Dr Zaniaib Muhammed-Idris said breastfeeding is cheaper for families, especially in this harsh economic times, because families do not have to be spending money buying infant formulas which are expensive now.

Dr Zaniaib Muhammed-Idris who was represented by Nutrition Officer kaduna Central Senatorial zone Hauwa Usman  advised nursing mothers to eat good diet with enough fruits, vegetables and water so as to be healthy enough to feed the babies.

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