Foundation trains mothers on exclusive breastfeeding
Wellbeing Foundation Africa has organised a training programme for nursing mothers across Lagos State to enlighten them on the importance of exclusive breast-feeding and the need to sustain breastfeeding for up to two years of a baby’s life.
The two-day workshop was organised on the platform of Mamacare Midwives, an antenatal and post-natal education vehicle of Wellbeing Foundation, founded by the wife the Senate President, Mrs Oluwatoyin Saraki, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week.
The workshop, which had over 200 nursing mothers in attendance and also included a demonstration of the right breastfeeding techniques, was held at Island Maternity, Lagos Island, and 9 Brigade Medical Centre, Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos.
In her address at the programme, Mrs Eunice Akhigbe, Midwifery Programme Officer for Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Lagos Office, said babies must be exclusively breastfed for six months without water or pacifier.
“We want to ensure that breastfeeding rules are followed and these babies coming into the world are well breastfed.”
Highlighting some of the benefits to the baby, she said breast milk has all the vital nutrients in the adequate and right proportion, and confers immunity to the baby via the mother. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding between the mother and her child, she added.
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