The Tanzanian government has warned men to stop competing for breastmilk with their toddler. The government say that the practice is denying the children the much-needed nutrients, leaving them with malnutrition.
According to Handeni District Commissioner Toba Nguvila, this practice stems from a misguided assumption that breastmilk gives some form of power
The Tanzanian government has raised concern over a section of men that has discovered a unique liking of breastmilk and is competing with their toddlers to get a good share of the food.
This has come to the fore a week after the marking of WorldBreastfeeding Week, which concluded on August 7.
The warning came after women raised concern over the practice (men drinking breastmilk), saying there isn’t enough milk left for the babies.
In a videoshared by Millard Ayo TV, Siriel Shaidi Mchembe, Handeni District Commissioner was captured saying the practice was derived from a misguided assumption that breastmilk offers some power to men.
WHO’s take on breastfeeding
World HealthOrganisation (WHO) recommends that babies breastfeed purely on their mother’s milk for six months.
The organisation, however, notes that this rule has not often been followed by many mothers.
In a recent article by TUKO.co.ke, a Kenyan top nutritionist debunked myths and set the facts straight about breastfeeding.
Deputy Chief Nutrition Officer at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Faith Gitahi, said some traditional beliefs are actively barring moms from breastfeeding, thereby denying newborns the much-needed health benefits.
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