Federal government advises nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute has said Nigeria has the poorest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Africa with only 17 per cent of the children being exclusively breastfed.

Awute made this known at the ministerial launch of the 2015 World Breastfeeding Week in Abuja themed: “Breastfeeding and work: Let’s make it work”.

Represented by Director Public Health, Bridget Okoeguale, Awute said many women fed their infants with breast milk along with water, stating that exclusive breast feeding means that water or other liquid is not given to the child, except oral rehydration solution, drops or syrups of vitamins, minerals and medicines.

He stressed the need to support women to combine breastfeeding with work whether in formal, informal or home setting and called on the private sector to encourage breastfeeding mothers through the provision of crèches and breastfeeding rooms in work places and flexible working hours for mothers.

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