Dettol Advocates Proper Hygiene during Breastfeeding


Martins Ifijeh

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) makers of Dettol has urged nursing mothers to embrace good hygiene practice during breast-feeding.

Reiterating this at a breastfeeding workshop to mark World Breastfeeding Week, titled ‘Sustaining Development Together’ which was carried out in partnership with Save Our Children International, Nigeria Branch, at Shomolu, Lagos, recently, the Marketing Director, RB, West Africa, Aliza Leferink, said breastfeeding is about giving babies a healthy life.

She said: “At RB, we reach an average of 700 thousand mothers yearly through our New Mum’s Programme where we educate about proper hygiene for mothers and their babies.

“Hygiene is very important when it comes to eliminating illnesses, and nursing mothers should always wash their hands and clean themselves up before breastfeeding their kids. Reckitt Benckiser is proud to partner with the Save The Children in ‘The Stop Diarrhea Initiative (SDI)’, and educating nursing mothers on proper breastfeeding habits is a part of that.”

Also speaking at the event, the Chief of Party, Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Save the Children International, Nigeria Chapter, Mr. David Atamewalen stated that “It is good to breastfeed babies in the first six months after delivery. I appeal to all men to encourage and support their wives to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months of life. When they do this, their babies will not come down with diarrhea, cholera, and other illnesses.” The programme had an attendance of over 500 nursing mothers.