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FG engages media on promoting exclusive breastfeeding

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The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), yesterday said it would engage stakeholders, individuals and media organisations in promoting and supporting exclusive breastfeeding in health facilities, communities and workplaces.

Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, FMOH, said the engagement would galvanize the actions of the stakeholders in the commemoration of the 2018 Word Breastfeeding Week (WBW), scheduled to hold from Aug. 1 to 7, with the theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life“.

He said the activities lined up for the event would create awareness on the importance of breastfeeding to a child’s survival and how to improve on poor practices of exclusive breastfeeding.

“Poor exclusive breastfeeding practices in Nigeria have been associated with inadequate support from husbands, partners and health professionals.

Others include, delayed initiation of breastfeeding, negative peer influences as well as short paid maternity leave for working mothers.

A platform for long-term collaboration of all advocates, activists, decision makers, media, and youths are vital for promoting optimal infant and young child-feeding practices,’’ he said.


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