“Exclusive Breastfeeding is the Foundation for Human Building”

"Exclusive Breastfeeding is the Foundation for Human Building" - elsieisy blog

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday canvassed support and promotion of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria, saying it could improve children’s nutrition, health and economic development.The minister spoke at the launch of the 2016 Lancet Series of Breastfeeding and High Level Policy Dialogue on Promoting Breastfeeding for National Development in Nigeria.“Adequate nutritional practice which begins with breastfeeding is the best and normal way of providing newborns, infants and young children with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development,” Mr. Adewole said.“Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information and the support of their family, the health care system, and society at large.“Exclusive breastfeeding is the foundation for human building, optimal breastfeeding practices, which includes timely initiation of breastfeeding within 30 minutes of delivery, exclusive breastfeeding of 0-6 months with only breast milk, no other milks, solid or semi-solid foods and not even given baby water until the 6th completed month has proven great impact to health, education, economic returns to the child, family, community and nation at large.”

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