Alive and Thrive, an NGO working to improve nutrition in Kaduna State, has mobilised labour unions and other relevant stakeholders to break barriers inhibiting breastfeeding practice among working class mothers.
Concise News learned that the NGO held a Round Table Dialogue with relevant stakeholders in Kaduna.
The dialogue was tagged, “Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding for Nursing Mothers in Formal Workforce.”
It was part of activities to mark the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration with the theme “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life.”
Team Leader of the NGO in the state, Mr Christopher Musa, explained that the objective of the meeting was to build support for extended maternity leave for women working in public and private sectors.
“The dialogue was also organised to promote knowledge and awareness on issues around baby formula also known as Breast Milk Substitute (BMS) and its impact on the family,” he added.
He explained that the move became necessary in view of the disturbing indices of child mortality, which placed Nigeria in second place in the world due to poor breastfeeding practices among women in the country.
According to him, only about 17 per cent of women in Nigeria adequately breastfeed their babies.
This, according to him, results in high infant mortality, poor brain development and negative economic consequences on the family and the nation.