A nurse/midwife Saratu Yohanna Rambo from Fati Lami hospital in Birnin Kebbi has urged lactating and expectant mothers to imbibe the culture of exclusive breast feeding for the well being of their children.
Yohanna who spoke exclusively to daily independent at her family planning office said that, the benefits of exclusive breast feeding are too numerous but stated that, babies that were exclusively breast fed stand to benefit from it much more than those on the local pattern, exclusively breast fed babies have sharper brain and first breast milk after birth contains colestorel which help in hormone developments as a result the babies are protected against the killer diseases unlike babies locally fed who are prone to diseases she said.
She explained that, tradition has been a factor militating against the advocacy on exclusive breast feeding particularly in the rural areas where some mother inlaws oppose it saying such was not done to them and they are still healthy ” so that has been our problem but so far we have convinced lots of them, the responses are fine so far she said”.
She added that, the belief that breast feeding forces breast to sag is not true, the problem in the north is that, they dont believe in exclusive breast feeding they believe in the local pattern of breast feeding, she advised working mothers to express the breast milk in a sterilised container not feeding bottle to be given to her nanny if she doesnt bring the baby at work.
On family planning, the health expert said that on daily basis at least 70 clients visits and access various types of family planning items like injections, implants and oral contraceptives so annually a total of 3, 360 clients takes them for free sponsored by the state government and NGOs