Nigeria’s 29 per cent unique breastfeeding charge a catastrophe — Dr Tongo, NISONM president

President, Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medication (NISONM), Dr Olukemi Tongo says that it’s a catastrophe…

President, Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medication (NISONM), Dr Olukemi Tongo says that it’s a catastrophe that 29 per cent of Nigerian infants are on unique breastfeeding of their first six months of life given the worth of breastfeeding to nation constructing.

Dr Tongo, talking on the commemoration of the 2022 world breastfeeding week on the College School Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, mentioned that it’s unlawful, unethical and depraved to disclaim a brand new child breast milk  of their first hour of life.

She acknowledged that although breastfeeding doesn’t require cash per se for anyone so long as the lady is there and she or he has a breast, solely breastfeeding infants of their first six months of life in Nigeria is simply 29 per cent.

In line with her, “If anyone wants the breast, it’s the infants. We don’t even have the cash to purchase breast milk substitutes, that are even not the most effective.  It’s a catastrophe at this level in our improvement.

“We have to transfer from 29 per cent unique breastfeeding charge; in truth, 50 per cent unique breastfeeding charge is the goal by 2025. And it’s not simply within the first six months, after we begin complementary feeding, we should proceed to breastfeed until about two years or extra.”

Dr Tongo mentioned challenges of breastfeeding like cracked nipples or inverted nipples or insufficient milk manufacturing are additionally solved by persevering with to breastfeed and urged for elevated help from the federal government, well being techniques, office and communities to advertise, defend, and help breastfeeding throughout totally different ranges of society within the nation.

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She declared that breastfeeding is vital to sustainable improvement methods post-pandemic because it improves diet, ensures meals safety and reduces inequalities between and inside international locations.

The paediatrician, nonetheless, urged the federal government and employers of labour to make the office conducive for breastfeeding moms provided that globally breastfeeding can stop 823,000 little one deaths and 20,000 maternal deaths yearly.

Earlier, Assistant director of nursing, Mrs Kemi Bode-Oguntoke, acknowledged that breastfeeding has advantages each for the mom and little one, breast milk is a pure meals for infants and for moms to have the ability to feed on demand, they have to grasp their child’s cue for desirous to breastfeed.

Mrs Bode-Oguntoke, whereas noting that breastfeeding is likely one of the smartest investments a rustic could make to construct its future prosperity, added that supporting girls to provoke and preserve breastfeeding ought to begin in being pregnant.