As the world marks the day,medical experts in the health sector in Enugu Statehave advocated the need for nursing mothers to show commitment to the practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding.
They stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Enugu. The Director Public Health, Ministry of Health, Enugu State, Doctor OkechukwuOssai notes that breast milk contains nutrients that protests babies, enhance growth and development of the child.
Doctor Ossai maintained that breast milk was the most cost effective intervention. But as important as it is, to sustain exclusive breast feeding , do Nursing Mothers really adhere to the practice?
The Co-ordinator Baby Friendly Initiative of the Ministry, Mrs Patience Enewali decries the non-challant attitude and ignorance of some Nursing Mother who find it difficult to sustain exclusive breast feeding based on flimsy excuses.
‘’ Breastfeeding is the baby’s right.”
A Pediatrician, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla, Doctor Ada Ayuk encouraged Nursing Mothers with busy schedule to adopt the manual or electrified method of expressing breast feeding which could last for eight hours.
Two Nursing Mothers and a Father gave their impressions .
MY baby is 2years and very intelligent.”
“When you breastfeed your baby it makes him healthy.”
Some mothers who have passed child bearing age stressed the need for support from family members to enable nursing mothers to cope with the practice.
This year’s World Breast Feeding Week has the theme “Sustaining Breast Feeding Together”.