Prof Wale Oke, the Chief Medical Director
(CMD) of Lagos State University Teaching
Hospital (LASUTH has called on men to
stop competing with their babies to suck
the wives’ breast.
Oke urged his fellow men to allow their
babies to enjoy their natural meal.
He spoke yesterday at the World
Breastfeeding Week (WBW). The
programme was organised by LASUTH
Community Health Department in
conjunction with the hospital’s Pediatrics.
According to him, the benefits of exclusive
breastfeeding were many.
He said: “When a mother breastfeeds her
baby, it creates bond between them. It is
also a natural family mechanism. Breast-
feeding mothers do not have bone
diseases, breast and ovarian cancers”.
Oke said the state had created an
enabling environment for mothers with its
policies to work and still feed their babies.
“Working and breastfeeding can go
together if mothers try because it is
necessary to have healthy babies,” he
said.
On her part, First Lady of Lagos State,
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs
Bolanle Ambode urged mothers to
breastfeed their babies exclusively for six
months so that they can be healthy.
This, according to her, would prevent
babies from coming down with childhood
diseases, such as cough, diarrhea and
catarrh, among others.
Mrs Ambde, represented by the
Permanent Secretary of the state’s Civil
Service Pension Office, Mrs Ademola
Olabowale, said medical science had
made it known that breast supplied basic
nutrients to newborns, adding that the
breast milk remained the most important
protein for babies’ growth.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO)
recommends exclusive breastfeeding for
six months, and mixed breastfeeding up
to two years,” she said.
Breast milk, she said, usually helps to
build the immunity for the newborns,
saying it would protect them from
childhood killer diseases.

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