On the occasion of the World Breastfeeding week, which commenced Thursday, the Chief of UNICEF, Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh, wants mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding for the mental and physical well being of the child.
Dr. Conteh, who stated this in Enugu, explained that breastfeeding strengthened the bond between mother and child.
He urged governments and other stakeholders to promote maternal and child health through policies that would enhance breastfeeding of babies.
The UNICEF boss also explained that the health, social and economic benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child were enormous.
Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant State Nutrition Officer, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Mrs. Loveth Onwuzulike noted that early initiation of babies to exclusive breastfeeding was of great importance to child development.
Mrs. Onwuzulike advised mothers to avoid giving the baby water while practicing exclusive breastfeeding because breast milk contained all the nutrients needed by the baby.
Two nursing mothers from Amaechi, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, Mrs. Ngozi Nnaji and Mrs. Ebere Agu commended UNICEF for the enlightenment on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.