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Healthcare: Exclusive breastfeeding makes children grow healthy, intelligently –Experts

A Mother Breastfeeding Her Baby

*Medical professionals on the occasion of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, urge nursing mothers to constantly breastfeed their children to grow healthy and intelligently

Emmanuel Akosile |  ConsumerConnect

Dr. Olatunde Bakare, Medical Director at the General Hospital, Badagry, in Lagos State, has restated the strategic importance of exclusive breastfeeding.

Bakare, who made the appeal at the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, organised by the hospital Friday, August 4, 2023, in Badagry, Lagos, urged nursing mothers to constantly breastfeed their children to grow healthy and intelligently.

The theme of the event was, “Enable Breastfeeding, Making a Difference for Working Parents”.

The Medical Director emphasised that breast milk is essential for babies to grow healthy, agency report said.

He stated: “If you want your children to grow healthy and intelligently, then feed your children exclusively with breast milk.

“Research has shown that children fed with breast milk grow healthier, stronger and more intelligent.”

Bakare also urged female residents of Badagry, to always attend the general hospital for their antenatal clinics.

According to him, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has provided free treatment for pregnant women from antenatal period to delivery.

Bakare noted: “Even a caesarian section is free and this is part of the palliative by the Federal Government to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.”

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Olayinka Alabi, Chief Matron of the hospital, in her presentation, also disclosed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) started the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 1992.

Mrs. Alabi said the programme started when it was discovered that women were no longer breastfeeding their babies.

She said that the theme of the 2023 programme was a kind of appeal to employers of labour, to allow women to breastfeed their babies.

Alabi noted that based on WHO’s record, over 44 percent of women are not breastfeeding their babies regularly and exclusively.

Babies, Alabi advised, should be breastfed exclusively from their birth to six months, before they are given other foods.

According to the Chief Matron, breastfeeding provides a special bond between mothers and their babies.

In the same vein, Mrs. OpeOluwa Amu, Apex Nurse of the hospital, in her closing remarks, appealed to nursing mothers to spread the gospel of breastfeeding.

Babies should be breastfed for two years before they are stopped.

The event was graced by Dr. Emem Udoh, Consultant Paediatrician; the Nursing Administrator, Mr. Nofiu Obanla, several pregnant women and nursing mothers, report stated.

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