President, National Association of Nigeria Paediatric Nurses, Mrs. Olubunmi Aiyedun, has cautioned women on the misbelief that exclusive breastfeeding will make their breast flat or sab.
Aiyedun made the statement on Sunday while having forum with NAN, noting that a lot of women prefer not to feed their babies exclusively because they don’t want their breasts to sag or get flattened, described it as a myth.
“Exclusive breastfeeding is economical and is also ideal food for the baby as well as saves money for the family and the community.’’
Aiyedun also said that for exclusive breastfeeding to be effective and sustained there must be a good relationship with the gate keepers such as the head of communities, religious and traditional rulers among others.
The health practitioner frowned at some cultural practices which entailed the mother giving new born water in the first six months from the stream or goddess and that it was a taboo for mothers to disobey such practices in some communities.
Aiyedun also called on the media to help in creating awareness on the need for nursing mothers to feed their babies exclusively for six months. The paediatrician commended international bodies such as “Save The Children’’, “World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as local Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for their support in making sure that exclusive breastfeeding was sustained in the country.