The Director of the Nutrition Division at the Ministry of Health Dr. Annette Brima Davis has called for a robust and practical approach on exclusive breast feeding mainly among breast feeding mothers across Liberia.
According to her one thousand days of a child life is very important especially with exclusive breasting feeding as such it should be prioritized by all baby mothers.
Dr. Davis speaking to our reporter ahead of the official launch of this year’s breasting feeding week which is expected to be held in Buchanan City Grand Bassa County, Madam Davis said it is now time to help reduce the high rate of stunning in Liberia.
Stunning which is also linked to malnutrition is in other words referred to as children who are normally seen too short for their respective ages.
The Liberian health practitioner said it is time for massive awareness to ensure that the current percentage of 36% is reduce to 22% as of 20130.
She used the occasion to called on baby mothers to see the need to always breast feed their kids properly especially children as early as one-day old to six months noting that even up to two years is also a good health practice.
Also speaking to our reporter was the Infant and Young Child Feeding Coordinator at the Ministry of Education Regina Moore who encouraged baby mothers not to be ashamed of their duty to feed their children through nutritional breast milk.
She said national government is fully committed to the promotion of breast milk and is working with all relevant partners to ensure said good health practice is implemented nationally.
Mrs. Moore told this media entity that they are doing massive awareness and education in various communities and across the Country to encourage baby mothers see breast feeding as key to their children.
At the same time Montserrado County Health Team Nutritional Supervisor Vicky Bundor attributed the lack of breasting feeding of babies in Liberia which is at about 45% to among others: Lack of proper Education/ Knowledge among baby mothers, Perception of baby mothers breast not producing sufficient milk, lost ship of the breast and sex purposes and many others.
However, she encouraged baby mothers to love and provide proper care for their future leaders and do away with said negative thoughts.
Madam Bundor urge baby mothers to eat regularity, enough and to ensure that they provide proper care for their children.
The three health officials used the occasion to also called on husbands, family members and other relevant individuals to help in supporting baby mothers in order to ensure that they provide the necessary care and protection for their future leaders.
This years’ Breast Feeding week activities are taking place in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County where a Food Security and Nutrition survey shows that 41% of children in that part of Liberia are malnourished.
Nevertheless, she said they are working very hard to help address said issue but was also quick to mention that breasting of baby mothers is very critical to said endeavor.