7. Exclusive breastfeeding prevents cancer, maternal death – UNICEF.
At a press conference to commemorate 2016 World Breastfeeding Day, Chief of Kaduna UNICEF Field Office, Utpal Moitra said, disclosed that nursing mothers who adopt exclusive breastfeeding of their children, at least for the first six months of life stand a chance to be protected against Breast Cancer and Cancer of the uterus. and breastfeeding within 30 minutes of childbirth equally saves mothers from maternal death.
He said, the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week was targeted at creating awareness on the relationship between breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding as a key component to sustainable development goals.According to him, “Initiation of breastfeeding within 30 minutes after birth saves mothers from the risk of postpartum hemorrhage and maternal death and exclusive breastfeeding on demand in the first six months of life without water or any other food starts every baby on healthy path in life, providing all the nutrients the baby requires for optimum growth and development.