Wife of the Senate President, Barrister Oluwatoyin Saraki has counseled nursing mothers and pregnant women on the importance of breast milk.
She gave the counsel during lectures at some major hospitals in Kwara State, as part of activities to mark the 2018 International Week of Breast Feeding Week.
Mrs Saraki who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Well-being Foundation Africa at the Civil Service Clinic, GRA, Ilorin, stressed that breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies.
According to her, “Breast milk has the right amount of nutrients, it is easily digested and readily available.”
A Consultant with the WBFA, Hajia Funsho Abdullahi who represented Barrister Saraki added that breast-feeding is a form of birth control.
She noted that Breast Feeding Week always come up between August 1st to 7th of August of every year.
Saraki stated that the motive behind the lecture for nursing mothers and pregnant women in the state was to provide them with useful information on breast feeding and breast milk.
The CEO disclosed that the exercise would also take place in some major hospitals within the one-week celebration.
Also in her lecture, the WBFA Midwife, Mrs. Komolafe Patricia said, studies have shown that breastfeeding has major health benefits, for both the mother and her baby. According to Komolafe, breast milk provides ideal nutrition for babies.
“Most health authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months. “Continued breastfeeding is then recommended for at least one year, as different foods are introduced into the baby’s diet.”
She added, “Breast milk is loaded with antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
“These antibodies are then secreted into the breast milk and passed to the baby during feeding. Breast Milk protects the baby from getting sick or exposed to any forms of diseases or germs.
In a related development, Liver School of Tropical Medicine and Well-Being Foundation will hold the dissemination of Phase 1 and 2 results of their activities and launching of phase three in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The event will hold on Monday 6th of August 2018 (today) at the state Ministry of Health, Fate road, Ilorin.
The meeting will be attended by the Founder and CEO, Well-being Foundation Africa, Mrs Toyin Saraki, state Commissioner of Health, and key of the ministry.
Other participants are representatives of the nursing and midwifery professional associations and the School of Nursing.