Toyin Saraki Launches 10 Breastfeeding Centres

By TORDUE SALEM

Mrs Toyin Saraki, wife of the Senate President and President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), an NGO dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in Nigeria, has launched 10 breastfeeding initiative steps for both mothers and healthcare givers as part of the activities lined up to mark the World  Breastfeeding Week.

 

A statement signed by the Press Office of the Wife of the Senate President,  said the 10 steps were unveiled by the Foundation’s MamaCare Midwives in some parts of the country, namely; Lagos and KwarasStates, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, during their MamaCare Classes, as part of its activities to celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week.

 

Saraki,  who chaired the Civil Society for Scaling-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) Stakeholders’ meeting on the 3rd of August in Abuja, spoke on the importance of breastfeeding and nutrition in the life of every child.

 

She also visited the Dutse-Alhaji Primary Health Centre, where the MamaCare Ante-natal class was holding, with expectant mothers receiving health education.

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During her visit to the health centre, she encouraged the women; emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding; and announced a new scheme that would be introduced for the benefit of mothers and children.

 

The scheme, she said, is to assist expectant mothers save for the first 1000 days of their child, from conception.

 

Also, the country director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, attended the Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Workshop on the Nigeria Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS) Code, as organised by Alive & Thrive, FH 360, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

 

To round off celebrations of the World Breastfeeding Week, Mrs Saraki, on Thursday 4th of August, 2016 featured in #UnaWakeUpShow, a Radio program on Wazobia FM, which was anchored by On-Air-Personalities, Bigmo and Nyanga. Where she spoke on the 10 Breastfeeding Initiative steps for both mothers and healthcare givers, advisingmothers on the DOs and DON’Ts of breastfeeding practices.

 

According to her, some of the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding for mothers are: “Lubricating the nipple, frequently pulling out the nipple to promote prominence and enabling baby to latch properly; regular cleansing of the nipple and the areola in preparation for breastfeeding; mothers should initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth; Wear a nursing bra that is a size larger; avoid underwire bras and wear clothes that enable you flip your bra under, not over your breast while nursing; and make sure the baby is well positioned at the breast; latch on correctly and breastfeed on demand.

 

She further advised caregivers, especially facilities that provide maternity services and care for newborn infants to have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff and train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.

 

Furthermore, Saraki said caregivers should inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding; help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth; and show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.

 

Speaking on domestic violence, the WBFA founder said, “The strength of a man should not be measured by the weakness, or submissiveness of a woman; we are all partners, whose strengths, and weaknesses should holistically become a stronger unit, together,” she said.

Source: leadership.ng

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