In an effort to create awareness, promote and maintain exclusive breastfeeding especially for infant health and survival, the Borno State Government through the wife of the Executive Governor of Borno Borno State Dr. Falmata Zulum has launched a campaign.
The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2022, “Intensify Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”, aims to engage governments, communities and individuals. The theme aims to raise awareness about the environment of sustainable breastfeeding.
“This year’s theme is geared towards raising awareness for more specifically, mothers in the state.” said Dr Falmata Zulum during the commemoration in Maiduguri on August 03.
Launching Breastfeeding Week 2022 in the state, a week-long celebration to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as well as help institutionalize breastfeeding within health care systems, she declared: “I wish to reaffirm our commitments as a State. We will continue to deploy more efforts and structures, including at the community level, to ensure that the importance of exclusive breastfeeding is amplified.
Ms. Zulum added: “We will also continue to work with traditional and community leaders to ensure success. And I want to thank WHO and its partners for their continued support in ensuring that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding increases in the state.”
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to 2 years and beyond, provides the infant with the best possible start in life. Breast milk is safe and clean and provides the energy and nutrients an infant needs during the first months of life. It continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year. Early initiation of breastfeeding, within one hour of birth, protects the newborn from infectious and chronic diseases and reduces neonatal mortality. It facilitates the emotional bond between mother and baby and has a positive impact on the duration of exclusive breastfeeding.
Additionally, during the campaign launch in Borno, WHO North East Emergency Manager Dr Richard Lako reiterated that the stance on breastfeeding remains the same and “will continue to provide support.” technical support to the state government to achieve the target, set by the World Health Assembly, of 50% of infants being exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life by 2025.”
Dr. Lako added that it remains important that awareness of exclusive breastfeeding targeting mothers be raised in the state since the law guarantees a safe, nutritious and accessible source for infants.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) – Nigeria.
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