Nigeria: Breastfeeding Week – Govt Tasked On Breastfeeding-Friendly Environments in Workplace

Government has been enjoined to provide a breastfeeding-friendly environment in the workplace for mothers.

At a State Community Engagement Forum with key stakeholders to understand the workplace challenges and way forward for breastfeeding mothers in Kaduna, the group, Alive & Thrive sought ties with governments, individuals and organisations to empower families and sustain breastfeeding-friendly environments in the workplace for nursing mothers.

Speaking at the forum, which was organised by the State Primary Healthcare Board and Planning & Budget Commission with support from Alive & Thrive, the Kaduna Zonal Coordinator of Alive & Thrive, Sarah Didi Kwasu, explained that the Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was established to address issues relating to poor and early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding of infants for a period of six months, and introduction of appropriate complementary feeding from 6 months and above, as well as continued breastfeeding up to 2 years or beyond.

“The Target audiences, including governments, policymakers, health sectors, employers, communities and parents, will all see that they have critical roles in empowering families and sustaining breastfeeding-friendly environments in the post-pandemic work life balance,” she said.

She hoped that the WBW will inform people about working parents’ perspectives on breastfeeding and parenting, anchor optimal paid leave and workplace support as important tools to enable breastfeeding as well as galvanise action on improving working conditions and relevant support for breastfeeding.