Nigeria ends World Breastfeeding Week and calls for exclusive breastfeeding to be promoted in the country

When World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) officially opened, the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire urged Nigerians to advocate exclusive breastfeeding and to help mothers practice optimal breastfeeding for the benefit of the great nation.

The Minister, represented by Dr. Salma Anas Kolo at the flag-laying ceremony in Abuja on August 02, 2021, said that this year’s edition of WBW With the Global Issue Protecting Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility, is an opportunity for “all political leaders, policymakers, lawmakers, women, men, religious leaders, families, communities, workplaces, the private sector, individuals and indeed every Nigerian to take responsibility and themselves team up to raise awareness of the tremendous benefits of breastfeeding. “

In his speech, the Minister reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding in the country, noting that “the Federal Ministry of Health continues to strive to support, protect and promote breastfeeding as a veritable means of eradicating malnutrition in children in all its forms support financially.

The Ministry takes this opportunity to recommend once again that breastfeeding be started early within the first hour after the birth; exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond, while ensuring the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes as recommended worldwide. “
Worldwide, the exclusive breastfeeding rate in infants under six months of age is 40%. In Africa, nearly 70% of countries have a high rate of continued breastfeeding after one year, compared to 28.7% in Nigeria.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 1-7 each year to promote breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The history of this week-long commemoration dates back to the 1990s when the World Health Organization (THE) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) created the Innocenti Declaration on the Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding.

Also at the memorial event THE The country representative Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, who was led by Dr. Joy Ufere, technical advisor for children and adolescents, mentioned:

“This year’s World Breastfeeding Week is a time to reconsider the commitment to prioritize a breastfeeding-friendly environment for mothers and babies.

We therefore urge the government to increase funding to meet the World Health Assembly’s 2025 goal of increasing the exclusive breastfeeding rate to at least 50 percent in the first 6 months. “

The highlights of the event were the recognition and encouragement for more public and private organizations to promote exclusive breastfeeding. In this regard, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, the Nigeria Communications Commission, Asokoro General Hospital, the Federal Ministry of Finance, and the Federal Capital Administration have received due recognition for establishing facilities to promote exclusive breastfeeding in their facilities.

Other partners present reaffirmed and repeated the right of every child to be breastfed. It’s not just the mother’s responsibility, it’s a shared responsibility. In separate speeches, the partners called for full support for the Zero Water Campaign, adding that while it has traditionally been argued that a child needs water, all of the required amount is found in the mother’s breast milk.

The flag also provided the opportunity to publish the national guidelines for baby-friendly initiatives in Nigeria to promote child survival, developed by the Nigerian federal government in collaboration with relevant multi-stakeholders.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Health Organization (THE) – Nigeria.

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