Again, UNICEF harps on breastfeeding benefits

Again, UNICEF harps on breastfeeding benefits

By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

The Chief, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr. Rahama Rihood Mohammed Farah, has urged the Katsina State government to address malnutrition challenges associated with breastfeeding as well as promote breastfeeding support in the workplace.

The UNICEF boss spoke in Katsina on Wednesday in a message he sent at the flag-off of the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week.

According to him, government should extend paid maternity leave for its employees from the current three months in the state to six months considering the importance of breastfeeding to the child, family and the society.

He said, “prioritise the needs of working parents through provision of lactation rooms and crèches in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and implement breastfeeding breaks and flexible work arrangements.

“Reinforce messages on good nutrition and health during the first 1,000 days of life through various platforms, including media, public spaces and workplaces.

“By taking these steps, workplaces can set a positive example for others to follow,
ultimately leading to healthier and happier families.

“For mothers with access to digital platforms, join online and offline networks to share experiences, gain knowledge and receive encouragement as breastfeeding working parents.

“I call on everyone, traditional and religious, Community leaders, CSOs, media, and everyone to support breastfeeding.

“Together, we can create a supportive environment that enables breastfeeding, fosters work-life balance, and ensures the health and happiness of our families.

“Let us stand united in supporting working parents, one latch at a time.

Breastfeeding unites the workplace and home.”

The theme for the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week is, “Enabling Breastfeeding – Making a Difference for Working Parents.”

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