Nigeria is the eighth African nation with lowest exclusive breastfeeding practices, a report from Save the Children Initiative has shown.
The non-governmental organisation, working on maternal and child care, made this known in Abuja, yesterday, during a Media Roundtable Discussion to commemorate this year’s World Breastfeeding Day.
According to the NGO, who spoke through one of its health experts, David Olayemi, Djibouti has the worst compliance with exclusive breastfeeding on the continent having one per cent compliance, while Rwanda has the highest with 85 per cent.
Nigeria ranks eighth, coming after Djibouti, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, South Africa which have one, three, four, six and eight per cent compliance respectively.
Others are Somalia, Angola and Nigeria with nine, 11 and 13 per cent conformity to World Health Organisation’s, WHO, directive on exclusive feeding.