Lagos State First Lady Advocates Exclusive Breastfeeding, Support For Nursing Mothers
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke! Sanwo-Olu has advocated that nursing mothers should fully embrace exclusive breastfeeding.
Speaking at the annual breastfeeding week of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu also called on fathers, family members, colleagues, organizations and communities to also support nursing mothers to seamlessly breastfeed their babies so that the objectives of exclusive breastfeeding would be achieved.
“The breastfeeding week initiative is very good and I am sure WHO and the UN will be impressed with it.”
“We are happy that you want to partner with us, you are one of us anyway, and this is important to our vision and expectation to promote our state and encourage young female journalists who are looking up to you,’’ she said.
The Chairperson, Lagos State NAWOJ, Adeola Ekine called on other states to emulate Lagos government and allow nursing mothers have six months maternity leave in order to allow them practice the six months exclusive breastfeeding.
“We also wish that her excellency would assist us to acquire a site for our secretariat because the NUJ secretariat where we operate from is under construction.
“Our hope is to use the secretariat for official operations and run a cretche in a bid to encourage exclusive breastfeeding and safety of our children,’’ she said.
“We are also appealing to the men to encourage their wives by supporting them to breastfeed their babies exclusively, and ensure that they eat healthy meals,” Ekine said.
She said that promotion of breastfeeding was fundamental to the survival and development of children.
Speaking on the health implication of women who do not breastfeed their babies adequately, the Guest speaker, Professor of Human Nutrition ,College of Medicine ,University of Ibadan. Prof, Tola Atinwo) said it was important for nursing mothers to give their new born babies colostrum and practice the six months exclusive breast feeding without any formula, water or concussion.
He warned that any woman that do not breastfed her baby adequately is liable to having ovarian cancer which can lead to untimely death.
Prof. Tola urged NAWOJ to form a pressure group across the States to drag government attention into doing the right thing for the people especially on breastfeeding sensitization
The Lagos NUJ Chairman Dr.Qasim Akinreti commended NAWOJ for putting the event together while urging them to mobilize organizations to create a breastfeeding space for nursing mothers within their organization.
He pointed out that adequate breastfeeding create a strong bond between the mother and the baby, adding that being social should not affect adequate breastfeeding as there is a lot of health benefits for both mother and the baby.
Other speakers urged the federal government to pass a Bill that will force mothers to comply with exclusive breastfeeding as Nigeria is still behind in that regard.