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NAFDAC urges nursing mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding

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By Asmau Ahmad

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has advised nursing mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding to improve the health status of their newborns.

The North West Director of the agency, Mrs Josephine Dayilim, gave the advice at a one-day workshop on the ban on promotion of breast milk substitutes on Friday in Kaduna.

The workshop was organised by NAFDAC, in collaboration with the Carelink Resource Foundation.

Dayilim, represented by Rahila Maishanu, NAFDAC Desk Officer in charge of breast milk substitutes in Kaduna, expressed the need for stakeholders to educate nursing mothers to maintain exclusive breastfeeding.

She said that nursing mothers needed to be sensitised on the dangers involved in using breast milk substitutes on their newborns.

He said that there was a code that expressly banned the inappropriate marketing and advertising of breast milk substitute.

She said that the code also banned the promotion of such products.

Dayilim called on stakeholders to adhere to the code, while urging them to also step down the initiative to their communities.

She appreciated their efforts towards sensitising the public on the importance of embracing exclusive breastfeeding.

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