Women In Diary Production Association Moves To Increase Consumption Of Milk In Children

… To Launch Dairy for kids on May 27th

Women In Diary Production Association Moves To Increase Consumption Of Milk In Children
Women In Diary Production Association Moves To Increase Consumption Of Milk In Children

In order to increasing the consumption of milk and dairy products to the children, Women in Diary Production Association (WIPA) has concluded plans to launch ‘Dairy 4 kids’ in Lagos.

The project which has the support of companies such as Friesland Campina, Promasidor among others also aimed at improving the nutritional status of children who are living in the orphanage homes, IDPs camps, Motherless babies’ homes, hospitals and school children.

Speaking at a media briefing heralding the project launch which comes up on children’s day, May 27th, president of Women in Diary Production Association,

Racheal Eyitayo Ariori affirmed that with ‘Dairy 4 Kids’, sustainable development goals 2 and 3 that indicate, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing is well achievable.

According to Ariori, the nutritional status of Nigerian children including those in the orphanage homes, motherless babies’ camps, IDPs camps, abandoned children homes leaves much to be desired.

Describing milk as one of natures’s most nutrient dense foods, she said: ‘’ It consists of carbohydrates and fats for energy, proteins for development and repair, as well as several vitamins and minerals that are essential in a child’s diet.

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“The presence of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D in milk supports the healthy development of bones and teeth in children.

“Milk and dairy products are an important part of a young child’s diet. They’re a good source of protein, and contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including calcium. These will help young children build bones and keep teeth healthy.

“Dairy products are an important part of the diet because in addition to providing carbohydrates, protein, and sometimes fat, they provide a wealth of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D.

“Boys and girls ages 4 to 8 need 2.5 cups of dairy products per day, while children ages 9 to 18 need 3 cups per day.

Together, the nutrients in milk and dairy help to:

keep muscles, bones, nerves, teeth, skin and vision healthy’’.

On the importance of breast milk, she said the World Health Organization recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life after which appropriate complementary feeding should be commenced while breastfeeding is continued up unto at least two years.

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