The Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, today, celebrated the breast feeding week with a call on mothers to continue to sustain the trend.
An event that was held at the ante natal /Gynecology Clinic witnessed a large turnout of nursing mothers and pregnant women who were taught by health experts on the health benefits of breast feeding as well as implications of non adherence to breast feeding for both mother and child.
According to the Director of Post Graduate Studies. Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia,Dr.Godwin Okafor, the programme is part of series of events to mark this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) breast feeding week.
He hinted that the week is set aside to encourage mothers to breast feed their children and remind them of the immense benefits.
“The Government through the Federal Ministry of Health and in partnership with all stakeholders, continue to encourage and educate mothers on the healthy benefits of breast feeding”
A consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Enyinnaya Nduka, who also addressed the mothers at the event gave further insight on the benefits of breast feeding.
” Breast feeding is very important, and anytime we mark world breast feeding week, its reminds us of the need to continue breast feeding our babies because breast milk is the first and the most important gift that a mother gives to the child, which save the baby from a lot of diseases. The issue of maternal bonding cannot be over emphasized, many children are problem to our society, because that bonding is not there, breast feeding is good for the mother and the child”.
Some materials that include pampers, amongst others were distributed to mothers to mark the week.
Meanwhile the breast feeding week is also being replicated at all of the Federal Medical Centre’s outreach at the rural areas.