"I Am Yet To See Any Disadvantage Of Breastfeeding"_ Hon. Mrakpor.

This year's World Breastfeeding Week in Delta State sponsored by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Medical Centre Asaba, came to a glorious end with a grand finale held at the premises of Primary Health Centre, Atuma Iga. The colourful ceremony which was chaired by the DG, DSCTDA, Hon. Evang. (Mrs.) Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor also had in attendance the convener, Wife of the State Governor and Founder of 05 INITIATIVE, Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa. Other top government functionaries who attended the event includes the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Asaba Dr. Azubuike Osiatuma who is also a native of Atuma community, the honourable Commissioner For Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, the traditional ruler of Atuma Iga, Obi Chukwuka Okwudo, the Delta State Cordinator of NAFDAC Pharm, Jude Ndekile, Professor Angela Okolo, a consultant Neo-natalogist FMC, Asaba, among others.

Speaking to parents, the chairperson of the occasion, Hon. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor encouraged mothers to engage in breastfeeding owing to its unending benefits.

Hon. Mrakpor speaking during the event.

I am a mother of triplets and I breastfed them all.
Speaking from experience, I can say that there is a special bond between a mother and child who was breastfed more than the one who wasn't. God has already packaged all the necessary antibiotics in breast milk. I am yet to see any disadvantage of breastfeeding.
Have you ever noticed that your child turns your face to a Television during breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding promotes the health of the child and the bond between mother and child.

If you cannot enter the toilet to eat, then know that it is wrong to enter the toilet to breastfeed your child
Prof. Okolo.

The wife of the State Governor and founder of 05 INITIATIVE, Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa urged parents to engage in Prosper breastfeeding. She also slammed mothers who put on tight fitted dresses that will not permit breastfeeding.

I breastfed all my children and did 'baby friendly' for the last child and he is the most compassionate. He knows when the mother is wearing a frown and when she is not feeling well.
I want to also advise you mothers who put on tight dresses to desist from doing so. Mothers should put on attires that will not discourage breastfeeding.
I want to appreciate Dr. Azubuike Victor Osiatuma for hosting this programme in his hometown.

The Medical Director, FMC Asaba, Dr. Azubuike Osiatuma thanked Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa and His Excellency, the executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for his giant strides in the Health Sector including the renovation of Primary Health Centre, Atuma Iga.

Also speaking, the Delta State Coordinator of NAFDAC Pharm, Jude Ndekile, who represented the DG of NAFDAC admonished parents to shun drugs or any preparations that are designed as substitute to breast milk.

The event came to a climax with the presentation of gifts to four children who were selected based on three criteria centred on breastfeeding.
The baby who walked home with the first prize boasts a record that exemplifies the importance of breastfeeding.

Baby Victoria Okolie
Born at home in Issele-Uku after 7months of pregnancy. Her birth weight was 800g (now 7kg) and she was exclusively breastfed. She is now 8months old and already walking.

Others winners are, Ikem Gladys, Gloria Mbama and Amafa Onyebuchi.

The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of children around the world.

This year, WHO is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most. This includes enacting paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave to encourage shared responsibility of caring for their children on an equal basis. Mothers also need access to a parent friendly workplace to protect and support their ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breast milk; and affordable childcare.

Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800 000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert 20 000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer.

WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

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