Dr (Mrs) Toyin Saraki,Wife of the Senate President and President and Founder, Well-being Foundation Africa, has revealed that Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of breast-feeding In the whole world at 17 per cent as the world marks this year’s World Breastfeeding week.
Dr Saraki made this revelation in Abuja when she delivered the keynote speech at a stakeholders meeting that was convened by a pro-nutrition group, Civil Society-Scale-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) to mark this year’s World’s Breastfeeding Week.
Commending CS-SUNN for its relentless efforts towards filling the nutritional gap in the country, which she noted has always kept the government on its toes, Saraki appealed to all those with a good will for the future of the country to join hands in the advocacy for early and exclusive breastfeeding by spreading the education across.
“At Well-being Foundation Africa, nutrition has been the central focus of our work. We collaborated with partners at the United Nations General Assembly in Ney York in 2014 where we launched the Global Breastfeeding Initiative, advocating increase in early and exclusive breastfeeding around the world.
“I would like to stress here that scientific evidence shows that early and exclusive breastfeeding confers protective effect on the survival of an infant as it decreases the risk of early life diseases. The practice is also known to help in protection of women against breast and other forms of cancer.
“Our dear country Nigeria has one of the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates at 17 per cent,” she said.
The World Breastfeeding Week is commemorated annually from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The World Breastfeeding Week Marks the Innocenti Declaration signed that was in August 1990 by government policymakers, UNICEF, WHO and several other organizations to promote, protect and support breastfeeding