Written by Williams ABAH

Culture and belief affect exclusive breastfeeding - Expert

The Programme Manager, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Tilewa Denloye, has expressed worry over the perceived hindrance of cultural influence to exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria.

Denloye at an event organised by the foundation in Keffi, said it was unfortunate that a lot of mothers had been deceived with different traditions, thereby neglecting exclusive breastfeeding.

In his words, "One of the things that we have noticed during the exclusive breastfeeding programme is that tradition and culture have a negative effect on young mothers when it comes to breastfeeding and care of the babies.

They got all these from their mothers and mothers -in-law, those who are not properly informed pass the wrong information to the young mothers, advising them to give the baby water or local herbs, saying that the baby is thirsty".

According to him, it was found out that these older generations could negatively impact on the young mothers as the young mothers usually take their advice because they do not want to disrespect them.

The monitoring manager of the foundation, Mr Uduije Ejiike, said the Alive and Thrive Infant and Young Child Feeding Programme was designed to check the burden of stunted growth in

Nigerian children.

In his words, "So far we have got a lot of good results. The achievement is that we have got more mothers who have embrace programme”

The president of the foundation, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, who was represented by her vice, Dr. Alero Roberts, thanked health care facilities that partnered the foundation during the implementation of the Alive and Thrive Infant and Young Child Feeding programme.

She said, “I am encouraged by the milestones we have achieved, reaching over 200,000 antenatal care attendees 120, 000 mothers of children less than two years and 15,000 family members with an increased counseling".



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