Reps Reject Bill On Exclusive Breast Feeding

Channels Television  
Updated January 29, 2013

A bill for an act to make exclusive breast feeding compulsory to employees in the public and private sectors for the improvement of the health of new born babies in Nigeria has been rejected by the House of Representatives.

Though the Representatives admitted the health benefits of breastfeeding, they insisted that it is an issue best left out of the public domain as “no woman has to be forced to breast feed her child.”

The House observed that the bill, which was sponsored by Representative Jumoke Okoya Thomas, lacks depth and validity in the labour laws of the country.