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CS-SUNN seeks baby-friendly centres in work places

By Asma’u Ahmad
The Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), has urged the Federal Government to establish baby friendly centres in work places.The CS-SUNN Coordinator in Kaduna State, Mr Silas Ideva, made the call in a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna. Mr Ideva said that such initiatives would promote a baby-friendly environment that would encourage nursing mothers to breastfeed their children.

“Workplaces should be mandated to establish baby friendly centres or crèches that would promote breastfeeding among working class women. A mother who has a supportive and a friendly environment would feel encouraged and happier to breast feed her baby,” he said.

He emphasised the need for the society to encourage mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding, describing it as a crucial to child survival and development. Mr Ideva described the 2017 World Breastfeeding Week theme, “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together,” as a clarion call for humanity to work together in ensuring that mothers adequately breastfeed their babies.He particularly called on husbands to support their wives with the material, emotional and psychological support needed to see them through the required six months of exclusive breastfeeding. According to him, breast milk is vital for the wellness of babies from infancy to adulthood because it provides all the nutrients needed to fight infection and prevent diseases.

He said: “Optimal breastfeeding prevents infants from becoming malnourished and stops the negative consequences of building an army of under-developers out of our children. “This is because a malnourished child will never be able to exploit his or her full potential in life, largely as a result of an undeveloped brain, due to insufficient intake of nutrients in the first 1000 days of life of a child.

“As such, there is no better investment than ensuring that children are adequately fed, and exclusive breastfed in the first six months; this is to prevent stunted growth among children.”

According to him, breastfeeding is cheaper, healthier and provides significant rewards in the latter years of the child, family and the country at large. “Intelligent children make our society an interesting place to live in and breast milk is the key to children’s intelligence; let’s sustain breastfeeding together,” Mr Ideva said.

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