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Nursing mothers are being urged to exclusively breastfeed to boost their child's health.

NAFDAC: Exclusive Breastfeeding Improves Newborn Health

Josephine Dayilim, the North-West Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), is urging nursing mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding in order to improve the health status of their newborn children.

She stated this during a one-day workshop on the ban on the promotion of breast milk substitutes on Friday in Kaduna that was organised by NAFDAC in collaboration with the Carelink Resource Foundation.

Ms. Dayilim, represented by Rahila Maishanu, NAFDAC desk officer in charge of breast milk substitutes in Kaduna, expressed the need for stakeholders to educate nursing mothers to maintain exclusive breastfeeding.

She said nursing mothers needed to be sensitised on the dangers involved in using breast milk substitutes on their newborns.

Ms. Dayilim said there was a code that expressly banned the inappropriate marketing and advertising of breast milk substitutes.

She said the code also banned the promotion of such products and urged stakeholders to adhere to it.

Participants at the workshop came from across various organisations, such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers, traditional leaders and health workers, among others and they pledged to adhere to the code and implement it in their respective domains.