The first seven days of the month of August every year is earmarked for World Breastfeeding Week. This year, WBW 2021, selected the theme: Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security. The event is organized every year by the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) with series of programs:


Day one started with a successful outreach to Church of God Mission Headquarters in Woji town, Port Harcourt where a team of Doctors and other committee members led by Dr. Okari Tamunoiyowuna, delivered lectures and other sensitization materials to encourage mums to breastfeed and spread the word about the benefits of breastfeeding etc.


On day two, the RSUTH Breastfeeding Committee organized a Special Grand Round with the theme of the year as topic (Protecting Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility) anchored by Dr. Uchenna Onubogu.


The Breastfeeding Committee on day three, visited Rivers Joy Motor Park in Waterlines area of Port Harcourt city where they distributed Key Facts on Breastfeeding pamphlets to men and women at the Park, chanting words of encouragement, one-to-one tutorials on the current ways & techniques of breastfeeding and delivered a lecture on the need to protect breastfeeding. Responding, the Chairman of the park appreciated the team for their words of encouragement and enlightenment campaign.


On Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th August, the RSUTH WBW Committee 2021, visited Paediatrics, Post Natal Ward / Labour Ward, Antenatal/Postnatal Clinics for immunization and sensitization talks.


It is pertinent to note that there are many different demands on busy mother’s, meaning that women who may want to breastfeed their babies haven’t always got the support to continue this. Busy working schedules, alongside the many other challenges that modern women face can mean that women don’t always feel that breastfeeding their child is something that is an accessible option to them.


Breastfeeding weeks aim to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding and the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish.


RSUTH WBW 2021 Committee was ably Chaired by Dr. Okari Tamunoiyowuna Grace.


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