Expert links breastfeeding to attainment of SDG-3

At the 2016 Nestle CSV Nutrition Media Workshop with the theme, “Good Nutrition: A Way of Life,” in Lagos, The President-elect of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr. Barthlomew Brai,  dis¬closed that exclusive breast¬feeding is one of the tools that is needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3.
The SDG 3, he explained, is targeted at ensuring healthy lives, promote well¬being and also end prevent¬able deaths of newborns and children under the age of 5 years by 2030, and “Breastfeeding is clearly relevant to SDG -3 which includes not only mater¬nal and child health, but also Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), such as breast cancer, diabetes, obe¬sity among others. It is also relevant to the second goal- nutrition, adding that “The effect of breastfeed¬ing on intelligence and hu¬man capital is relevant to SDG 4- education, the first goal- poverty and the eighth goal- inclusive economic growth. By helping to close the gap among the poor, breastfeeding can contrib¬ute to goal 10- reducing in¬equalities.
“This shows how essential the protection, promotion and support of breastfeed¬ing is for the achievement of many of the newly launched SDGs by 2030,” Brai further noted, and he, however, pointed out that appropriate complemen¬tary feeding between 6 and 23 months remain a proven intervention to significantly reduce stunting during the first two years of life.
“Under nutrition dur¬ing critical periods in de¬velopment can lead to ad¬verse health outcomes later in life. Imbalanced maternal and childhood nutrition are linked to NCDs. The life-cy¬cle approach is an appropri¬ate tool for the monitoring and prevention of NCDs,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Head, Corporate Commu¬nication and Public Affairs, Central and West Africa Re¬gion of Nestle, Mrs. Peggy Diby, said that the workshop was a clear demonstration of Nestlé’s commitment to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and nutrition.

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