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Exlusive breastfeeding: Expert advocates community-based support

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Prof. Kareem Airede, a Neonatal Medicine and Paediatrics expert, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, has called for community-based action in support of exclusive breastfeeding.

Airede told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Gwagwalada, Fedeal Capital Territory (FCT) that exclusive breastfeeding required family and community support to ensure proper infant nourishment.

The paediatrician said was proper to deepen campaign on exclusive breastfeeding at the community level.

“The citizenry should help breastfeeding mothers to know the benefits of breast milk to the new born,” he said.

According to him, breast milk is food for babies because its nutrients do not require universal precautions to handle.

He said that breast milk contained adequate food supplements needed for effective growth of the baby.

“Breastfeeding is best for growth, recommended for the first six months, it does not only save money for the family, it strengthens the bond between baby and mother.

“I appeal to mothers to undertake six months exclusive breastfeeding; it is good for the health of both babies and their mothers,” said the expert.

He said that properly breastfed children grew healthier and had high level resistance to child killer diseases.

He called for a policy to promote work schedule for breastfeeding mothers to enhance productivity in the work place for them.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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