Lagos – Mrs Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu, the Chairman, Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), on Friday advised lactating mothers to shun smoking and alcohol to safeguard their babies’ health.
Olaoye-Osinkolu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the ongoing 2015 Family Week organised by NAWOJ in Lagos.
“As mothers, whatever we eat or take in is transferred to the baby, be it smoking or alcohol intake.
“Lactating mothers should sacrifice the habit of smoking and drinking in the interest of their suckling babies.
“Children are our future as mothers and we should do everything possible to make them healthy,“ she said.
Olaoye-Osinkolu also advised them to work toward improving their diets and take vital vitamins and minerals that their babies need.
“Whatever the mother eats is what transfers to the baby through the breast milk. So, there is need to consciously work on our diet during breastfeeding,“ she said.
Olaoye-Osinkolu also appealed to nursing mothers to adequately breastfeed their babies and not worry about the shape of their breasts.
“Some women would argue that if I breastfeed my breast would sag; for God’s sake, let it sag, that is why we have different types of bras in the market.
“Concern yourself with your baby’s health now and worry about beauty later,“ she said. (NAN)