World Breastfeeding Week Begins Today

Uploaded by on August 1, 2019

As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to celebrates this year’s Breastfeeding Week, experts have again stressed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life of a new born baby as well as mother.

Executive Director, Colostrum International, a breastfeeding initiative, Dr. Bunmi Ogundimu made this known in an interview with our correspondent Olayinka Aboderin in Lagos in commemoration of this year’s world breastfeeding week.

She explained that breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Dr. Ogundimu noted that the World Health Organisation recommended exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old.

Dr. Ogundimu stressed that Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800 000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months.

World breastfeeding Week, WBW, is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1st to 7th August in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

The day commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

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