Thursday, 24 October 2013
Men Should Not Share Their Wife's Breasts With Their Kids- Expert
According to an expert, having the mouth of a man as well as that of an infant on the breasts of a nursing mother could prove detrimental.This is why men have been told to desist from sharing their wives' breasts with infants as the act could lead to injury for the mother and also expose the baby to infection.
This piece of advice was given out by Professor Angela Oyo Ita, the Commissioner for Health of Cross River State, at the opening ceremony for the 2013 Breast Feeding Week at Akpabuyo local Government Area of the state. Prof. Ita stated that men sharing their wives' breasts while they are breast feeding could inflict wound on the breasts and if the woman is HIV positive, the child could be exposed to the infection.
Professor Oyo Ita who was represented by the Director Nutrition of the Ministry of Health, Mrs Regina Adie called on the women to practice exclusive breast feeding because it has been proven that beast milk contains 80% water and 20% minerals that are essential for the child's growth." The World Health Organisation, the United Nation International Children Educational Fund, and other renowned world agencies have carried out studies and it has proven that breast milk is the best in keeping the child healthy, strong and happy".
She said myths that a child that is exclusively fed on breast milk for six months would at some point die out of thirst is not true because beast milk contains enough water to keep the child happy and satisfied. "Some time ago, we came here and had a meeting with the men and called on them to support their wives to carry out exclusive breast feeding for their children and the men said no because the children would die from the thirst for water, but that is not true".
The Health Commissioner said the theme for this year's breast feeding week. 'Breast Feeding, Close to Mother", was apt because the relationship between the mother and the child becomes stronger when the mother breast feeds the baby exclusively for six months. "If you look at the face of your baby during breast feeding, you would see joy and satisfaction on the face and that brings the child closer to the mother".Mrs Rosemary Effiong, the Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government Area said breast feeding keeps children strong and free of health challenges and "We in Akpabuyo do not want to have children who would put unnecessary pressure on our health facilities, so let every mother listen and obey the instruction of the focal person on breast feeding".Mrs Effiong who was represented by the Secretary of Council, Mr Edem Okon said the council would continue to offer the needed support to mothers through financial empowerment to enable them feed well to breast feed their children.