Experts call for improved breastfeeding

Nigerian mothers have been advised to create strategies to aid them in breastfeeding their babies as the exercise creates a special bond between mother and child.

The advice was given by a Medical Expert, Dr Bunmi Ogundimu while speaking on the theme of the year’s world breast feeding week: “A Key to Sustainable Development” in Lagos.

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration which is held every year from 1st to 7th of August in more than 120 countries of the world.

It would be recalled that 540 events have been held worldwide by more than 79 countries with 488 organisations and 406,620 participants for the World Breastfeeding Week.

World Breastfeeding Week is being coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

The World Breastfeeding Week is based on the Innocent Declarations for Nurturing the Future leaders, and it is also the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

Impact of breast milk

Dr. Ogundimu said the bond that existed between mother and child is unexplainable with breastfeeding adding that Paediatricians have alerted parents and care givers on the positive impact of breast milk.

“Premature babies, who are breastfed during their first month, have higher intelligent quotients, than those who were not,”he said.

Enabling environment

She stated that the Academic of Breastfeeding Medicine also urges the UK and other governments to implement four key actions to create a supportive and enabling environment for women who want to breastfeed.

“The actions are to develop a National Infant Feeding Strategy Board in each of the four nations; to include actions to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in all policy areas where breastfeeding has an impact; to implement evidence-based initiatives that support breastfeeding, across all maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services,” she adds.