8 Reasons Why You Should Breastfeed Your Child


Nigerian woman breastfeeding

Every woman is advised to breastfeed her child exclusively for six (6)months

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, with the first week dubbed World Breastfeeding Week — an annual observance to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and infants across the globe. And many of those benefits, advocates say, can help address some of the world’s biggest challenges

The theme this year is Breastfeeding A key to Sustainable Development and in this post, I will be sharing my thoughts as a way of advocating and supporting the breastfeeding.


  1.  Poverty : Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to artificial feeding. Breastfeeding contributes to poverty reduction as nothing needs to be bought in order to breastfeed.

  2. Zero Hunger : Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy and can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity.


  3. Good Health and Wellbeing : Breastfeeding significantly improves the health, development and survival of infants and children. It also contributes to improved health and wellbeing of mothers, both in the short and long term.

  4. Mental Health : Breastfeeding and good quality complementary foods significantly contribute to mental and cognitive development and thus promote learning. As he child grows, there is increase in mental aptitude.

  5. Gender Equality : Breastfeeding is the great equaliser, giving every child a fair and best start in life. Breastfeeding is uniquely a right of women and they should be supported by society to breastfeed optimally. The breastfeeding experience can be satisfying and empowering for the mother as she is in control of how she feeds her baby. Women should be proud to breastfeed their babies anywhere and at anytime.

  6. Clean Water: Breastfeeding on demand provides all the water a baby needs, even in hot weather. On the other hand, formula feeding requires access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.

  7. Affordable and Clean Energy : Breastfeeding entails less energy when compared to formula production industries. It also reduces the need for water, firewood and fossil fuels in the home. This is because it is natural.

  8. Consumption and Production : Breastfeeding provides a healthy, viable, non-polluting, non-resource intensive, sustainable and natural source of nutrition and sustenance.

    See Also The Benefits of Breastfeeding


Toluse Francis

Toluse Francis believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone. He is a long -time volunteer with Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry. He loves to care for people. Toluse Francis is a Health Coach and author He is interested in seeing people eat healthy and get productive. He believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone.

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