By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad
The Kano State Director, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Pharmacist Shaba Muhammmad has stressed the significance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a life to support an optimal intellectual development for the
baby as well as protecting him against malnourished.
Pharmacist Muhammmad made the assertion while addressing Nursing Mothers at Antenatal Unit of Sir Muhammmad Sanusi Special Hospital, Kano, as part of the activity to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week in the state.
Acccording to him, the 2022 theme for World Breastfeeding Week is ‘ Step up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’, seeking to involve Governments at all levels, Communities, Healthcare givers, Nursing Mothers and Husbands with a view to raising persuasive awareness campaign about exclusive and sustainable breastfeeding environment.
The Kano NAFDAC Boss pointed out that The World Health Organization (WHO)has recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to 2 years and beyond.
He maintained that ” Everything use as food in place of breastfeeding has be wholesome, recommended, hygienic and qualitative because that is the beginning of life of every individual.”
While addressing Nursing Mothers and Pregnant women at Sir Muhammmad Sanusi Special Hospital Kano, one of the target centre, Auwal Muhammmad, Principal Regulatory Officer, NAFDAC Kano Office highlighted the significance of Exclusive Breastfeeding and answered questions related to child feeding asked by Nursing and Pregnant Women who attended Antenatal Unit for counseling.
Also in their remarks, Hajia Sadiya Sheetu, Head of Department and Husseina Muhammad Matron in the in the Antenatal Unit of Sir Muhammad Sanusi Specialist Hospital, Kano commended NAFDAC for the sensitization.
They further demonstrated how nursing mothers should position her baby during breastfeeding to avoid being bloated.