Mrs Peace Essien, Coordinator of the Primary Health Centre, Uyo, has called for the involvement of family, community and religious leaders in the practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF).
According to her, the husband especially has a crucial role to play before the Antenatal Care (ANC) or formative stage in getting the pores of the nipples to be ready for the baby to feed.
Essien, while speaking with newsmen in Uyo on the 2023 World Breastfeeding Week, said the support of the community and the family was crucial in sustaining the practice of exclusive breastfeeding.
Essien, who is a Director in the Ministry of Health, said family members should encourage young mothers to feed their babies exclusively in the first six months to stimulate the growth of their babies.
She said that the most beneficial type of baby care is Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF) which should start 30 minutes after delivery and to last for six months.
The health official added that before delivery, many steps should be taken particularly during Ante Natal Care to promote and encourage breastfeeding.