Exclusive Breastfeeding Promotes Child Brain Development, Says UNTH Gynecologist

Dr. Iloghalu emphasized that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life significantly enhances brain development.

Exclusive Breastfeeding Promotes Child Brain Development, Says UNTH Gynecologist

Dr. Emeka Iloghalu, a respected gynecologist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), revealed the critical role of exclusive breastfeeding in infant development, in a recent interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He highlighted its profound benefits for both physical and cognitive growth.

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Dr. Iloghalu emphasized that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life significantly enhances brain development. Breast milk, he explained, contains essential nutrients and antibodies that support optimal cognitive function and overall health.

"Exclusive breastfeeding provides infants with the best start in life," Dr. Iloghalu stated. "It not only boosts their immunity against infections but also fosters a strong emotional bond between mother and child."

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He further elaborated on the upcoming initiative at UNTH aimed at promoting maternal and child health. The hospital plans to host a maternity and newborn health education event, offering free immunizations and distributing mosquito nets to improve overall child health outcomes.