By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Ilorin, Aug. 7, 2020 The Kwara chapter of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) says that breastfeeding babies immune both mother and child against preventable illnesses and diseases.
Dr Mosunmola Folorunsho, the President of MWAN in Kwara, who spoke on the sideline of the celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week in Ilorin, explained that breastmilk contains antibodies that always protect infants from illnesses.
According to her, the association is joining the rest of the world to celebrate the week with the theme: “Breastfeeding for a healthier planet.”
She said that breastfeeding babies by their mothers had lots of advantages as it would prevent the babies from illnesses such as ear infection, diarrhoea, respiratory illnesses and allergies.
The MWAN president observed that infants that are breastfed also had lower risks of sudden infant death syndrome, while also reducing risks of many short term and long term health problems.
“Breast milk digests easier than formula, while babies who are breastfed have less gas and lower feeding problem with less constipation,” she said.
Folorunsho emphasised the need by female doctors assisted by their male counterparts to always educate women on the benefits of breastfeeding at their various antenatal clinics and immunisation clinics.
According to her, this will help to sensitise women on the advantages of breastfeeding to their own health, as it burns about 500 extra calories each, which may make it easier to lose weight gained during pregnancy.
“Another advantage enjoys by women who breastfeed is that they have lower risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.
“It also triggers oxytocin that causes the uterus to contract and may decrease the amount of bleeding women have after giving birth,” she said.
The expert appealed to the media to team up with the association in educating mothers, babies, families and the nation on the benefits of breastfeeding.