Survey Result For The World Breastfeeding Week 2017
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.