The UNICEF Maiduguri Chief of Field Officer, Phuong Nguyen has advocated for a six-month paid leave to facilitate exclusive breastfeeding of children in a friendly environment.
According to her, breast milk is a complete, inexpensive, and readily available food and nutrition with great benefits for children, women, and the nation.
Nguyen made the call Saturday in Maiduguri, while flagging off the 2021 World Breastfeeding Promotion Week to protect breastfeeding children in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
She said the turnout today leaves no one in doubt to the significance of this occasion that breastfeeding is a lifeline for millions of our children. Adding that it helps in supporting new mothers to breast feed exclusively for six months is the best method of child nutrition in these critical times.”
She further disclosed that breast milk contains antibodies that boost the immunity and higher brain power of children.
She further added: “We must promote breastfeeding practices and get more children exclusively on breast milk for at least six months,” stating that the state government and private sector are to ensure the survival of conflict affected children in the state.