Enugu govt urges proper exclusive breastfeeding habit

The Enugu State Government has called for the proper practice of exclusive breastfeeding in order to maximise its benefit to the child, mother, and the community.

It said this entailed giving the baby water for the first six months without mixing with any form of food.
Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), disclosed this in an interview in Enugu on Saturday.

Ugwu spoke on the background of the ongoing month-long statewide exclusive breastfeeding sensitisation organised by ENS-PHCDA, which started on Aug. 1.

He said that during exclusive breastfeeding, the feeding of the baby should be done on the baby’s demand for food and “never on the personal timing or convenience of the nursing mother’’.
The executive secretary also said that the nursing mother should adopt a right and up-right sitting position during breastfeeding as well as ensure that the baby’s head is slightly up-right.
He said that the massive statewide sensitisation on exclusive breastfeeding at PHC centres and public places/gatherings would be used to teach nursing mothers local and cheap nutritious foods that would assist them in doing exclusive breastfeeding.
According to him, we want exclusive breastfeeding to support the Agency routine and special immunisations for us to produce fast-growing and developing babies and in the long run, reduce illness among infants generally.
“The state government has trained, retrained, and deployed state and local government health and exclusive breastfeeding educators, local health focal persons, and volunteers on vital exclusive breastfeeding messages and demonstrations.

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