Following the commemoration of World Breast Feeding Week 2022, which started on Monday, August 1, 2022, Oyo State government has appealed to corporate bodies and the private sector, to key into the state government initiative of extending maternal leave by six months to working mothers, in line with international best practices on exclusive breastfeeding, and to promote healthy living for working mothers and their babies.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bode Ladipo made the appeal in a briefing to mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week celebration with the theme — “Step up for breastfeeding: educate and support” organised by the State Primary Health Care Board.
Ladipo, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Board, Dr Muyideen Olatunji, explained that efforts were in top gear to improve under-five nutritional status in the state by ensuring all actors support exclusive breastfeeding practices so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 – 6.
In line with this year’s theme, the Commissioner for Health stressed that the state government would now rededicate itself to prioritising breastfeeding-friendly-environment for mothers and babies, by ensuring full implementation of international code for marketing of breast milk substitutes; ensuring employers allow women the time and space they needed to breastfeed amongst other measures.
The World Breastfeeding Week is an annual event organised by the World Health Organisation, to create awareness, promote, protect and support the process of exclusive breastfeeding practices for a period of six months, to reduce the surge in the infant mortality rate.
In the meantime, the event will last up till Sunday, August 7, 2022.