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Exclusive Breastfeeding: best option for babies – Dr Ikwuni

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Exclusive Breastfeeding is said to provide a baby with all the nutrients needed for their first 6 months, and influences lifelong health for both Mum and Baby. 

This was disclosed this on Wednesday by Senior Register, Pediatric Department of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Dr. Rita Ikwuni, while speaking to National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in Jos, to mark the World Breastfeeding Week at the NUJ Press Center in Jos, Plateau State.

She said, “Breastfeeding is a sustainable and natural option for infant feeding and helps ensure food security for babies across all populations. Exclusive Breastfeeding sets up a baby’s immune system. 

“It also decreases their risk of many illnesses and decreases a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.”

She explained that, “Exclusively Breastfeeding is recommended for babies up to 6 months of age, and parents can introduce solid foods with breastfeeding until 12 months of age.

“This Strategy was aimed to improve the health, nutrition and wellbeing of infants, young children, and mothers,” Dr. Rita Ikwuni stated.

She added that, “The theme for this year’s celebration is tagged, ‘Step Up For Breastfeeding: Educate & Support,’” and called on the government to allow or extend the Maternity Leave for mothers, who gave birth, to 6 months.

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