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Lagos State Government has declared that breast is the best for children under two years, reports 

The Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this declaration at a news conference, in commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week, in Alausa-Lagos.
Prof. Emma Akin Abayomi
“Breast is the best ... for the first 2 years” he asserted.
He also said that the state is moving into the era of preventive medicine to ensure that citizens, especially the next generation of children, are healthy and equipped to function optimally.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in over 120 countries between August 1 and 7 of every year.

As said by him, any child, who is well-nurtured, will be balanced neurologically and psychologically, hence equipped to function effectively and contribute to the national development when he or she grows up.

“It is one of our priorities and we ensure that we provide adequate information to pregnant women through our primary health centres and general hospitals,” he said.

Also, he said that early initiation of babies to breastfeeding was an indication of the healthy state of the mother and baby, thus putting the state’s indices for early initiation to breastfeeding at 60 per cent.

He noted that the state’s indices for exclusive breastfeeding was 52 per cent and that about half of the mothers in the state practised exclusive breastfeeding.

Abayomi said that mothers, who were able to provide exclusive breastfeeding, had babies with strong immune system.

The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”

Chuks Egbune/Editor with additional report from NAN.

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