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"Across the county, around 70 percent of babies receive breast milk as their first feed, but by four to six weeks as little as 40 percent of mums are still breastfeeding, and 8 out of 10 of these mums have stopped earlier than they wanted to".

Pediatricians say exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first six months can help prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, two major causes of infant death, and reduces the risk of infections, allergies and sudden infant death syndrome.

World Health Organization experts have long promoted breast milk as the best food to offer infants, particularly during their first six months of life.

Furthermore, the report also highlights that countries lose more than $300 billion each year due to low rates of breastfeeding, attributed to higher mortality rates in women and children and higher healthcare costs due to increased illnesses and diseases.

We hope that these developments serve as opportunities for mothers to start exclusive breastfeeding and truly give their children the best possible start in life.

The United Nations says breastfeeding is critical for achieving numerous Sustainable Development Goals, a set of targets agreed by world leaders in 2015 for reducing poverty and inequality. Each year, governments in lower- and middle-income countries spend approximately $250 million on breastfeeding promotion - donors provide only an additional $85 million.

The theme for this year's campaign is "Working Together for the Common Good".

The collective, comprising some 20 groups led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, also called for countries to enact better workplace breastfeeding policies and control the marketing of breastmilk substitutes.

The UN agencies, therefore, called on countries to invest in educational campaigns and health programmes to encourage breastfeeding as well as enforcing an worldwide code to prevent the misleading marketing of formula milk.

Buhari said that, if such policies were implemented, it would go a long way in assisting nursing mothers to properly breastfeed their babies.

The Department of Public Health launched a statewide initiative, Georgia 5-STAR, to improve hospital support for breastfeeding mothers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that event was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in conjunction with the UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Others are; Clinton Health Access Initiative, Save the Children and their support partners such as the Future Assured initiative of Buhari.

The GBC scorecard also affirm the need for the strengthening of monitoring systems that track the progress of policies, programmes, and funding towards achieving both national and global breastfeeding targets.

During this week, the organisation celebrates breastfeeding and raises awareness to enhance a connection between breastfeeding and the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

" It is also working with communities to remove barriers and support mothers to successfully breastfeed their children".