The President of the National Association of Nigeria Paediatric Nurses, Mrs Olubunmi Aiyedun exclusive breastfeeding does not flatten or make breast sag.
Aiyedun made this known when she featured at a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
The paediatrician, who noted that a lot of women prefer not to feed their babies exclusively because they don’t want their breasts to sag or get flattened, described the entire notion as a myth.
According to Aiyedun, whether or not a woman exclusively breastfeed her child, the breast will still fall later in her life when it is time for the breast to rest.
She stressed the need for every nursing mother to exclusively breastfeed their children, noting that it helps to reduce the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Aiyedun advised nursing mothers to wear good bra when breasting in order to help package the breast to make it firm.
On breast milk, the paediatrician said that it contains mostly water, adding that there was no reason to give babies water in the first six months after birth.
“Exclusive breastfeeding is economical and is also ideal food for the baby as well as saves money for the family and the community.’’
Aiyedun also said that for exclusive breastfeeding to be effective and sustained there must be a good relationship with the gate keepers such as the head of communities, religious and traditional rulers among others.