As the world commences the 2016 World breastfeeding Week, WBW, today, Federal Government has promised to support breastfeeding and improve funding to scale-up Nutrition practices in the country, as optimal breastfeeding could save more than 100,000 lives each year and boost the economy of the nation.
Mrs Buhari who unveiled the ‘’Abuja Breastfeeding Declaration’’ said that government would prioritize breastfeeding as part of the National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition.
Ministry of Health Professor Isaac Adewole, at the occasion had said that Nigeria is re-committing and re-doubling its efforts at protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the country.
‘ I believe we can overcome the challenges that are keeping us from improving breastfeeding in our country if we all work together to ensure that every Nigerian woman feels empowered to breastfeed and every child receives the nutrition he or she needs from the start.’’
‘’Breastfeeding is a powerful and unique intervention that benefits mothers and children, yet breastfeeding rates are not improving as would like them to and in some countries including Nigeria, the rates are stagnant. We hope the scientific evidence amassed in this series will help revert these negative trends and spur greater policy action’, Rollins affirmed.
‘The multi-billion dollar breast milk substitute industry and its marketing practices undermines breastfeeding as the best practice in early life’, Rollins said.
The World Breastfeeding Week commences on 1st to 7th August with various activities by stakeholders to mark the event.