Some Stakeholders partnering the Kaduna State Government to improve nutrition among women and children have described breastfeeding as an untapped gold mine.

They made the remark at the Alive and Thrive (FHI 360) World Breastfeeding Week Webinar with the theme: “Enhancing Breastfeeding Practices: The Community Perspective.”

The stakeholders also stressed the need to harness the benefits of breastfeeding to improve the health outcome of women and children in the State and the country as a whole.

Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna, Chinwe Ezeife said breastfeeding marked an important milestone in a child’s life, noting that  breast milk makes children intelligent, sharp and strong being the first food they consume. She also described breastfeeding as the best investment for ensuring a child’s survival and improving their health outcomes.

Earlier, the Project Director of Alive and Thrive (FHI 360) in Nigeria, Victor Ogbodo, pointed out that only 35.9 per cent of newborns in Kaduna state are put to breast within an hour of birth.

Also speaking, the Deputy Director, Primary Health Care, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Board, Hamza Ikara, said the board had directed health workers to include exclusive breastfeeding promotion in all their activities.