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BREASTFEEDING is very important in the life of every child. As  the world commemorates this year’s  “Breastfeeding week”  mothers have been advised  to breastfeed their babies exclusively in order to reduce  infant mortality.

Medical personnel,  Dr Godwin Akhaboa, said exclusive  breastfeeding will  promote better health for mother and child. He made this known while speaking on the World Breastfeeding Week with the  theme ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’.

According to him,  The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated between August 1 and 7 annually  to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO),he said,  stated that  increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800,000 lives every year, the majority being children under six months.

Breastfeeding also decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the UN body noted.

Akhaboa who is  the medical director of General Hospital,  Isolo  advised parents to make exclusive breastfeeding their most important responsibility to the family.

To encourage exclusive breastfeeding, most states  government approved  six months maternity leave for  mothers. He added that his hospital has put some measures into  place to promote breastfeeding. These included  engaging the community in affordable healthy eating. “We are doing all these to inculcate the habit of breastfeeding in young mothers,”he said.

We also encourage other members of the family to support new mothers and help them cope through the process. If this is done, it is a win-win situation for the baby, family and the society.

The doctor  went further to  say,  “With the support of governments, employers and communities, we have the power to enable breastfeeding and support families in fostering a nurturing environment for all children to thrive”.

Speaking also on breastfeeding,  a nurse,  Elizabeth Boateng, said that constant advocacy stimulated the interest of young and aspiring mothers in exclusive breastfeeding.

She added that breast milk is the gold standard,urging  private organisations to adopt a friendlier work environment for mothers by having an in-house crèche to enhance breastfeeding and productivity.

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