Men Asked to ensure Women fully breastfeed children


Husbands have been asked to use combined efforts towards breastfeeding their children if they are to fight the problem of malnutrition which takes lead in the various parts of the country.

Speaking to our reporter the Isingiro district health officer Dr Edison Tumusherure says the big challenge in Isingiro and other parts of Uganda is the tendency by men to believe that breastfeeding is a woman’s role yet they can support them to do it effectively.

He also blames the high levels of malnutrition to poor feeding when the child starts on feeding.

He now wants families to work together to improve the diet of children and ensure that children breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months.

The world commemorates the World Breastfeeding Week every year from 1 to 7 August, to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

World Health Organization recommends (WHO) exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old

This year, World Health Organization is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of helping mother’s breastfeed their babies within that crucial first hour of life.


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