Aisha Buhari launches ini­tia­tive on breast­feed­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor & Olayemi JohnMen­sah

Wife of the Pres­i­dent, Ha­jiya Aisha Buhari has launched two pol­icy doc­u­ments to pro­mote and en­hance op­ti­mal breast­feed­ing prac­tices across the coun­try.

They are the: Breast­feed­ing Ad­vo­cacy Ini­tia­tive and the Na­tional So­cial and Be­hav­iour Change Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Strat­egy for Ma­ter­nal In­fant and Young Child Nutri­tion.

She launched the doc­u­ments yes­ter­day in Abuja as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate this year’s World Breast Feed­ing Week.

Mrs Buhari said breast milk pro­vides babies with es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents and an­ti­bod­ies that pro­tect them from mal­nu­tri­tion; pre­vent dis­eases and even death. She called on em­ploy­ers in Nige­ria to cre­ate en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for breast feed­ing moth­ers through the pro­vi­sion of day care cen­tres, breast feed­ing rooms in pub­lic places and flex­i­ble hours and other prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions, adding that many moth­ers want to breast feed for longer than they cur­rently do.

Min­is­ter of Health, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole said the launch of the Breast­feed­ing Ad­vo­cacy Ini­tia­tive (BAI) was aimed at at­tract­ing me­dia cov­er­age to the dis­sem­i­na­tion of two new re­search find­ings.

He said the Ex­clu­sive Breast­feed­ing (EBF) rate has shown only mar­ginal in­crease from the very low rate of 2% in 1990 to 17% in 2013; adding that the cur­rent rate was 25% as re­ported in the 2014 Na­tional Nutri­tion and Health Sur­veys (NNHS).

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