Exclusive Breastfeeding: The Challenges, Solutions And Recommendations
In this episode, I discussed some solutions and recommendations to address the challenges of exclusive breastfeeding that women face. The solutions are easy, practical but helpful and they can support women to start, continue and enjoy breastfeeding of their babies. I have also made recommendations to key players that support breastfeeding in Nigeria.
In the previous episode, I highlighted some of the key challenges of exclusive breastfeeding women face that has been found to discourage or prevent them from practicing Exclusive Breastfeeding. These challenges include pain in the abdomen and breast during breastfeeding, feeling of discomfort and back pain, short maternity leave, no space for breastfeeding at the workplace, lack of education on exclusive breastfeeding among women and extended family members, women refusing to breastfeed when they are pregnant with another baby and so on. If you missed the previous episode, not to worry. You can listen to it by clicking >>>here>>>
In this episode, I have also made some recommendations to key players that support breastfeeding. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that women practice exclusive breastfeeding in a conducive and appropriate manner. I particularly urge the government to bring back the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative strategy of the 1990s which has helped many women to practice exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding of the breastfed child.
Donor agencies can also do more in supporting community IYCF programs that will educate and empower women with appropriate breastfeeding and other child feeding practices.
The media and civil society organizations should intensify frequency of messaging on exclusive breastfeeding and other IYCF practices, all year round-not only during the widely recognized World Breastfeeding Week that holds in August of every year.
I will be glad to hear of other challenges, solutions, and recommendations on exclusive breastfeeding I did not mention in the audio. Share your experiences in the comment section. Visit our Facebook group to continue the discussion.