Adopt Policies to Support Exclusive Breastfeeding, USAID and BA-N Tell Ebonyi Community Leaders
Breakthrough Action Nigeria (BA-N), a civil society organization with support from USAID, called on community leaders to enact policies to support exclusive breastfeeding at the community level.
According to the group, babies who have been exclusively breastfed have sharper brains and love their mothers more than those who have been denied access to exclusive breastfeeding by their mothers.
BA-N’s Nutrition Focal Point, Mr. Clinton Ofoegbu, said so during a media conversation with journalists on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 on the theme “Let’s intensify breastfeeding : educate and support”.
According to him, the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are manifold and urged breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women to imbibe the culture of exclusive breastfeeding for the well-being of their children.
“BA-N, as a social behavior change organization, is interested in changing the mindset and behavior of community members with respect to 17 priority health behaviors surrounding vaccination, visits prenatal care, malaria prevention, maternal and child health, and nutrition.
“During Breastfeeding Week, BA-N is calling on the media to help raise awareness about early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, antenatal visits to health facilities and postnatal care where they get information on how to meet the challenges of breastfeeding, how to achieve positioning and attachment during breastfeeding, how to combine complementary feeding for 6 to 29 months with breastfeeding at the community.
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“We want community leaders, youth groups, market women, everyone to come out and support, promote breastfeeding in any way they can to make sure there is a baby friendly space in your place. work and ensure that mothers are free to breastfeed their babies at any time.
“Community leaders help enact policies to support breastfeeding at the community level and prevent women from overstretching themselves when it’s time to breastfeed.
“Community men should be involved. giving women a chance when it’s time to breastfeed, taking care of household chores when your wife is breastfeeding, taking care of the other children and cooking dinner for the family while your wife is breastfeeding the new baby these are the things you we are trying to promote in the media and we hope that the media will spread the message so that all of Ebonyi State is committed to ensuring that breastfeeding is promoted, protected and supported.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, represented by Mr Ituma Ogbonnaya, Director of Community Health Services, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, asked the men not to leave breastfeeding to mothers alone.
He then promised to take the campaign to the market and other public places to educate the public on the importance of breastfeeding in Ebonyi State.
“The campaign will go to market and rural areas and we need to support women.
“Community members, market women, the town’s union and all stakeholders must be involved to ensure that the goal is achieved.
Meanwhile, a dietitian-nutritionist and president of the Ebonyi State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Nwabumma Asouzu, points poor child development to poor breastfeeding.
She did, however, warn mothers to avoid giving their children under six months a multivitamin syrup. According to her, breast milk contains a lot of vitamins due to the baby.