Nestlé is promoting and supporting breastfeeding as part of its commitment to improve maternal and infant nutrition in Central and West Africa.
The FMCG in a statement said, this year, it is scaling up its activities about the importance of breastfeeding by proactively engaging with healthcare professionals and employees in the region, and backing the World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7.
” Nestlé strongly believes that breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants and has created a number of initiatives to raise awareness on the importance of right nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life,” it said.
In Central and West Africa, low exclusive breastfeeding rates, poor feeding practices, and the use of inappropriate complementary foods in the first two years of life are far too common and can have an adverse effect on the development of children.
To help address the problems, Nestlé is focusing its activities and nutrition education on healthcare professionals (HCPs) as part of its commitment to implement nutrition education programmes in order to promote good nutrition practices. These activities, it said, are carried out in collaboration with Ministries of Health and professional associations.