Nursing mothers residing in Katsina State communities are expressing immense joy at discovering and adopting the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for their newborn babies. They note that this practice has significantly eased the challenge of nurturing healthy children in their rural areas.
During an interactive session at a two-day sensitization event organized by Save the Children International (SCI) in Sandamu and Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State, nursing mothers took the opportunity to share their experiences and testify to how exclusive breastfeeding has positively impacted their lives and the well-being of their children.
Fadila, a mother of six, shared her perspective:
“My first three children did not receive exclusive breastfeeding. However, for this child (pointing to the one in her arms), I provided exclusive breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic. I must say that he is remarkably different from his siblings. He exhibits intelligence and rarely falls ill. I am grateful to God and to SCI for introducing me to this program.”
Another mother, Binta Lawal, beaming with joy as she held her baby, expressed: “Look at my baby. I am delighted that I followed their advice and practiced exclusive breastfeeding for six months. He stands out in every aspect compared to my other children. He is only 1 year and 8 months old, yet his well-being is evident. I urge other mothers who haven’t embraced exclusive breastfeeding to do so and offer their children the wonderful gift of God’s natural provision for their health.”
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Addressing the gathering, the Chairman of Sandamu Local Government Council, Hon. Usman Nalado, extended gratitude to SCI for organizing a significant initiative that contributes to the development of the Sandamu community. He emphasized that breastfeeding sensitization has led to improved health among the area’s children.
Amina Yusuf Lawal, Nutrition Unit Head of Sandamu LGA, also expressed appreciation to SCI for enlightening the Sandamu community about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. She affirmed their commitment to continuously educate and inform community members about the significance of this practice.
Amina stated: “Initially, many of us were uninformed, including some of us who work in the health sector. Thanks to SCI’s programs, the narrative is changing within our communities. We are determined to ensure that everyone in our communities understands the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.”
Earlier in the event, Simon Maitala, SCI Nutrition and Health Officer in Katsina emphasized the necessity of educating every mother and expectant mother about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and proper breastfeeding techniques.
Maitala urged all facilitators and support groups present at the sensitization event to persistently engage and educate members of their communities until exclusive breastfeeding becomes a widespread practice embraced by all.