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HFDI Sensitizes Nursing Mothers on Exclusive Breastfeeding in Osun state

Hope for Family Development Initiatives (HFDI), in order for babies to have a good immune system and grow healthy, has sensitized nursing mothers to exclusive breastfeeding of their babies.

This is because the organization, as part of its community sensitization, urged nursing mothers to breastfeed their wards well so as to have healthy children, and ensures that an infant receives only breast milk from his or her mother, or expressed breast milk, and no other liquids or solids, with the exception of oral rehydration solution, drops, or syrups consisting of vitamins, minerals, supplements, or medicines. 

The advocacy was made by the HFDI Team to Enikanoyun PHC, Kolawole, in the Olorunda local government area of the state.

Speaking on the function of breast milk, Kehinde Adebisi explained that breast milk has three different and distinct stages: colostrum (1-3 days), transitional milk (2 weeks), and mature milk, which is essential for children.

She added that breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight off viruses and bacteria and that it lowers their risk of having asthma or allergies, saying that they also benefit from appropriate jaw, teeth, and speech development as well as overall facial development. 

In response, one of the officers in charge of the Primary Health Center (PHC) who was on ground, Mrs. Yemisi Oladiran, appreciated HFDI for bringing such a program to their community and promised to render the necessary support.