NAFDAC recommends exclusive breastfeeding for nursing mothers

NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, has urged nursing mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for their health benefits.

The agency’s North West Director, Mrs Josephine Dayilim, made this appeal at a workshop on Friday in Kaduna. The workshop, which focused on the prohibition of promoting breast milk substitutes, was organised by NAFDAC and Carelink Resource Foundation.

Dayilim, who was represented by Rahila Maishanu, the NAFDAC Desk Officer for breast milk substitutes in Kaduna, said that stakeholders should educate nursing mothers on the importance and advantages of exclusive breastfeeding.

She also warned them of the risks of using breast milk substitutes for their babies.

She said that there was a code that strictly forbade the improper marketing and advertising of breast milk substitute products.

She said that the code also prohibited the promotion of such products.

She advised stakeholders to comply with the code and to also disseminate the information to their communities.

She commended their efforts in raising awareness on the significance of exclusive breastfeeding.

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