Save the Children International Nigeria is advocating for governments at all levels to create enabling environment for lactating mothers by building creches in workplaces and implementing policies that will support exclusive breastfeeding for six months.
Shannon Ward, Acting Country Director, Save the Children International Nigeria, stated this as the organization joins the world to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week 2021.
” We are urging for the implementation of policies that promote, protect and support exclusive breastfeeding and optimal breastfeeding practices, which is key to improved child survival, development, and contributes to Nigeria’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The Child Rights body said the economic benefits of breastfeeding to families and society at large cannot be overemphasized.
” Through our programmes, we will continue to support breastfeeding mothers and encourage their families to support them. The annual celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week aims at increasing awareness on the health, and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding on infants, young children, mothers, families and the society at large.”
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Protect Breastfeeding, A Shared Responsibility with the slogan for Nigeria, “Join Hands! Support Exclusive Breastfeeding”.
Dr Adaeze Oramalu-Ogwuche, Acting Head of Health and Nutrition, Save the Children International Nigeria said breastfeeding week is one of the greatest outreach vehicles for the promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices to other networks of influencers.
“The influencers include (fathers, religious/traditional rulers, institutions and Private sector) as they contribute to the exclusive breastfeeding rate in Nigeria. It is very important to continue to highlight the importance of breastfeeding and our responsibility, encourage and promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve the health of babies and mothers across the world and in Nigeria’’.
Save the Children International is calling everyone to remember, support and take action to achieve the goals of the week: by improving the health of infant children and promoting, protecting, and supporting the rights of women to breastfeed anywhere and at any time. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save many lives every year, the majority being children under six months.
The World Breastfeeding Week which holds from (1st-7th August 2021) aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.