Survey Result For The World Breastfeeding Week 2017

Editorial Team

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2017, we asked Mamalettes about their experiences with breastfeeding.

The results of our survey shows that 15.6% of Nigerian mums breastfeed their baby exclusively for 6 months.

Why does this matter?

Study after study has revealed that exclusive breastfeeding benefits both baby and mothers. The WHO recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed – i.e. receive only breast milk – for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. 

"Exclusive breastfeeding" is defined as giving no other food or drink – not even water – except breast milk.

Our survey also showed that 91.2% of Nigerian mothers think breastfeeding is best for their babies. Some of the common challenges faced by breastfeeding mothers according to our study were sore nipples, breast engorgement and insufficient breast milk.

 

The study showed that mothers got most support when faced with challenges with breastfeeding from; a health professional and  their mother or mother in law.

We also conducted a competition for mums where they took were expected to take pictures/videos of themselves breastfeeding their babies and saying how they had benefited from breastfeeding their baby. The winner was Tolulope Oyebade Anieke who did a video of herself breastfeeding her baby, followed by Osobu Olawumi Akinola, Adedayo Isreal, Alozie Peace and Kareem Tawa. They all got cash prices courtesy of Access Bank and W Community, Photo Books 30-60 pages long courtesy My FotoBook Ng, breastfeeding pillows and nursing covers courtesy Unique Children Store.
 

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