official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has revealed
that b.reastfeeding prevents b.reast and ovarian cancer.
protect women by decreasing their risk of developing b.reast, ovarian
cancer and diabetes, an official of the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), has said
Stanley Nanama, UNICEF Chief of Nutrition, made the disclosure on
Tuesday in Abuja at the flag-off of World B.reast Feeding Week with the
theme “Sustaining b.reastfeeding together’’
This year’s celebration of b.reast feeding week coincided with the inauguration of B.reastfeeding Advocacy Initiative (BAI).
who described the theme as `apt,’ stressed the need for the government
and development partners to highlight the importance of b.reastfeeding
in child health and survival interventions.
said that the week provides the government, donor agencies among other
stakeholders, the opportunity to reflect on how to improve
b.reastfeeding practices in Nigeria.
nutritionist said that b.reastfeeding does not only reduce the risk of
cancer among mothers, but also helps to fast track reduction of excess
fat from mothers after delivery.
He added that b.reastfeeding also contribute to the economic development of the nation.
affords mothers good health; protect them by decreasing the risk of
b.reast and ovarian cancer and diabetes among other health challenges.
Beyond the individual b.reastfeeding benefits, the country will also
benefit from improving b.reastfeeding practices through increase
educational attainment which optimally contributes to boost
productivity,’’ he said.
nutritionist expressed concern that eight out 10 infants of less than
six months in Nigeria were not exclusively b.reastfed, adding that this
had contributed to the burden of malnutrition in the country.
explained that children who are not exclusively b.reastfed are denied
the benefits of b.reastfeeding which included healthcare start in life,
reinforced human system.
According to him, b.reast milk provides antibodies and healthy growth and the development required by children.
UNICEF official, who identified children as the future of the country,
said the best legacy Nigeria could live for a better country tomorrow
was to invest in interventions that promote b.reastfeeding.
has been providing technical and financial support to the government to
scale up nutrition in general, especially maternal, infants and young
practice that ensures children gets the appropriate food provided in a
timely manner including b.reastfeeding to reduce malnutrition.
“UNICEF works with the government at the state and federal level to develop Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy.
“ It is also working with communities to remove barriers and support mothers to successfully b.reastfeed their children.
call on the government and other stakeholders to strengthen and
reinforce code of marketing of b.reast milk substitute to protect
children against diseases.
also urge them to strengthen policy provision that support maternity
leave and b.reastfeeding in work places to encourage nursing mothers to
b.reastfeed their babies,’’ he said.
the inauguration of BAI, Nanama said it was aimed at raising visibility
of b.reastfeeding as the foundation of child survival; help in its
development as well as its benefits for the mother’s health.
to him, BAI is also geared toward ensuring new financial resources for
national b.reastfeeding programmes and supportive policy as well as
strengthening political commitment.
world b.reastfeeding week is marked annually from Aug. 1 to 7 to raise
awareness on the benefits of b.reastfeeding to the child among others.