Breastfeeding is one of the best investments in saving lives and improving the health, social and economic development of individuals and nations.
In Nigeria, breastfeeding is universal with almost all babies being breastfed. However, the practice of exclusive breastfeeding is rare with only 17% of children younger than six (6) months being exclusively breastfed according to a NDHS (Nigerian Demographic Health Survey).
The slogan for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week was chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents in today’s world. Focusing on supporting both parents to be empowered is vital in order to realise their breastfeeding goals. The goal for the 2019 World event was to create awareness about the important role of men in the promotion of breastfeeding among Nigerian women.
In July 2019 we launched an online competition targeted at men and that encouraged them to demonstrate the various ways they support their partners to breastfeed their infants.
A total number of 6 entries were submitted and 5 men won the breastfeeding contest and they were given the title “Mamalette Male Breastfeeding Champions”.
Their names are Dr. Ronald Ikpe (Lagos), Mr Nosakhare Daniel (Benin City), Akin Famakin (Lagos), Idris Tolulope (Ibadan), Rotimi Akinwande (Lagos) respectively.
4 of the winners also got to share their stories and raise awareness about male support for breastfeeding on the following radio stations:
- Dr. Ronald Ikpe (Lagos) – Wazobia FM Lagos
- Mr Nosakhare Daniel (Benin City) – Edo Broadcasting Corporation Radio
- Idris Tolulope (Ibadan) – Splash FM, Ibadan
- Rotimi Akinwande (Lagos) – Brila FM, Lagos
Congratulations to all the winners!