Breastfeeding seminars

Institute of Child Health Praised for Hosting Breastfeeding Symposium – Nigerian Observer

Edo State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Obehi Akoria and other medical experts urged the use of exclusive breastfeeding by mothers

Speaker at a symposium on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week organized by the Institute of Child Health, University of Benin, UNIBEN/ CHU of the University of Benin, UBTH, the Commissariat to Health which was represented by Dr. Emuwahen Nehikhare, Consultant Family Physician, commended the Institute of Child Health for organizing Breastfeeding Day with a symposium.

She described guest speaker Professor Charles Eregie as a mentor who encouraged her to breastfeed her children.

In his opening remarks, the Acting Director of the Child Health Institute of the University of Benin, Dr. D. U Nwaneri revealed that public enlightenment on the importance of breastfeeding was a mandate of the Institute which is the oldest faculty of the University. from Benin

“I would like to thank UNIBEN Vice-Chancellor Prof. Lilian Imuetiyan Salami and Chief Medical Director, CMD of UBTH, Dr. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki for the permanent site which is ongoing to respond to the large number of participants who generally honor the seminars organized by the institute

Guest speaker, Professor Charles Eregie, who spoke on the title, “Intensify Breastfeeding: Potpourri revealed that breastmilk and breastfeeding is a perfect meal for the child.

According to Professor of Child Health, UNIBEN and Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Department of Child Health, UBTH, improving breastfeeding practices will save 820,000 lives.

While calling on the husbands of breastfeeding mothers to encourage exclusive breastfeeding, Prof Eregie noted that a family who breastfeed together stays together, adding that men should not be too busy not to be with their wives while they breastfeed because it is guaranteed optimal nutrition for the child.

“Breastmilk substitutes do not exist. If women successfully breastfeed, breastmilk substitute manufacturers will go bankrupt. Women who decide not to breastfeed because they want to prevent their breasts from falling out are not serious because whether they are breastfeeding or not, the breast will still fall off,” he noted.

He advised mothers on the use and risks of bottles, teats and pacifiers and the benefits of adult breastfeeding that helps the nipples, saying erotic lactation benefits the man, woman and to the baby.

He also condemned the violation of the code prohibiting the promotion and advertising of breastmilk substitutes because breastfeeding is the mother of all child survival interventions.

There were more than 50 participants on site and 50 participants on the zoom (online) platform with participants from Nigeria, Ghana and Lesotho.