Celebrated in over 120 countries by WHO and partners, the World Breastfeeding Week holds every year from 01 to 07 August. The aim is to encourage breastfeeding and consequently improve the health of babies around the world.
The week provides an opportunity to
raise awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six
months of a child’s life. It’s also a good time to enlighten nursing mothers on
the benefits of breastfeeding for their own health.
WHO estimates that currently, only around 44 per cent of infants globally are exclusively breastfed for the recommended first six months. Meanwhile, Nigeria has a low performance on exclusive breastfeeding as the 2018 National Nutrition Health Survey shows that only 27 per cent of infants in the country are exclusively breastfed for the recommended first six months.