Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

UNICEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND WHO DIRECTOR GENERAL CALLS ON GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS TO SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING PROGRAMME AMONG NURSING MOTHERS FOR A BETTER RESULT.

A call has gone to government at all levels donor agencies, civil society and the private sector to support breast feeding programme and counseling among nursing mothers for a better result.

The UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russel and WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus who gave the advice in a joint statement to mark the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week described the vital role of breastfeeding as the best possible start in life as more critical than ever, especially now that global crises have continued to threaten the health and nutrition of millions of Babies and children.

The Global stakeholders noted that Breastfeeding offers a powerful line of defense against diseases and all forms of child malnutrition, revealing that the exclusive breastfeeding rate in Nigeria stands at twenty-nine percent with over seventy percent of infants being denied of breast milk in their formative years.

They pointed out that only nine percent of organizations have a workplace breastfeeding, policy, an indication that mothers lack the enabling environment to optimally breastfeed their babies, adding that fewer than half of all newborn babies are breastfed in the first hour of life.

According to them, only forty-four percent of infants are exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life short of world health assembly target of fifty percent by 2025.

This year’s theme: “Step Up for Breastfeeding Education and Support”, aims at calling on governments to allocate increased resources to protect, support and promote breastfeeding policies and programmes, especially for the most vulnerable families living in emergency settings.

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