Nursing mothers in Taraba State have been encouraged to embrace exclusive breastfeeding for maximum protection of their children against diseases.
This was stated by a medical expert, Dr. Danga Njuwe Danga in Jalingo, during the just concluded World Breastfeeding Week with the theme “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development”, while highlighting the benefits of exclusive breast feeding.
Dr. Danga said the first six months of nursing a baby exclusively on breast milk usually yields tremendous health benefits and provide critical nutrients that guards against infections and diseases.
According to Wikipedia, World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 120 Countries by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, World Health Organisation, WHO, and other partners including individuals, Organisations and Governments.
The event which is commemorated annually from 1 to 7 of August is meant to primarily emphasize the importance of the exercise and the event this year focuses on how it remains a key element in prevention of deadly diseases among newborn babies.
Some nursing mothers said the importance of the act can not be over emphasized, adding that they all know it boosts the immunity of the newborn.
They pointed out that with the recent economic breakdown in Nigeria, they need not worry about buying NAN or any supplement for their babies, but breast feed them for six months exclusively.