Breastfeeding Promotes Strong Bond Between Mother & Child -Says UNICEF

 

Commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week on the 1st of August, the UNICEF Country Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr. Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim said that breastfeeding promotes a strong bond between mother and child.

According to Dr. Ibrahim, with thorough adoption of optimal breastfeeding practices, babies interact more with their mothers, stay warmer and cry less and also decreases the risk of ovarian cancers and of hypertension by the mother.

Economically, he said, breastfeeding can reduce healthcare costs adding that breastfed babies are likely to thrive mentally with high IQ and outstanding academic performance.

According to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Public Health at Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Dr. Amara Jambai, at community level, nationwide, the Ministry has 14,300 Mother Support Groups and with the main objective to carry out counseling and support for maternal, infant and young child feeding practices. He said experienced mothers serve as lead mothers and take active role in supporting the inexperienced ones especially in breast feeding support.

He encouraged everyone to ensure mothers are supported to breast feed the babies which, he said, is not just the foundation of a child’s life; but also the foundation of a country’s development.