NGO stresses prolonged breastfeeding as vaccine

The March Health Care Initiative (MCI), a non-governmental organisation has stressed the importance of breastfeeding, saying it remains one of life’s best vaccines for babies, especially at the early stages of life.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NGO, Comrade Olubunmi Lawal-Aiyedun, stated this while speaking at a ‘Community Influencers for Optimal Breastfeeding’ event marking the end of the weeklong celebration at the weekend in Abuja.

 Olubunmi Lawal-Aiyedun said it was important for every mother and intending mother to know the benefits of breastfeeding and how to properly breast feed their babies.

She said the only way Nigeria can attain its 50 percent target for breastfeeding in line with the Social Development Goals (SDGs), is to target the grassroots community because that is where majority of the mothers need enlightenment.

Lawal-Aiyedun explained that women are the key players and drivers of realizing the breastfeeding goals set by the government and this also means that there must be inclusivity of people with disability.

According to her, “We cannot afford to leave anyone behind if Nigeria is to attain 50 percent breastfeeding target and meet the SDGs goals by 2030. This means that people with disability must be carried along also.”

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