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TANZANIA: Nutritionists Shocked By Lack of Breastfeeding Awareness

DAR ES SALAAM, 29 February 2016 – Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) has said that a majority of health practitioners lack awareness on the importance and methods of breastfeeding.

TFNC coordinator for infant nutrition Neema Joshua said this during the breakfast meeting to share evidence from Lancet series showing health and economic benefits of breastfeeding.

She said that it has come to their attention that while it was vital for mothers to start immediately breastfeeding their children one hour after birth, health practitioners neglect to educate new mothers on this.

"Not only that, it has also come to our attention that, the health practitioners also fail to educate mothers on the right postures and time to breast an infant accordingly," she said.

Meanwhile TFNC acting director general Dr Joyceline Kaganda said that breast-feeding was vital for the development of a child's first stages of development.

She stressed that the most important caring practices for good nutrition in early life are breastfeeding and complimentary feeding, but infant and young child feeding practices remain inadequate.

She said the rate of exclusive breastfeeding (EFB) among children aged 0 to 5 months increased from 29 per cent in 1996 to 41 percent in 2005, but remained stagnant at 42 per cent in 2014.

By Rosemary Mirondo
Source: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam) –

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