COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCING LACTATION IN NIGERIA AND THE USA

Authors

  • Deborah Aanuoluwa Soyombo Milky Express Nigeria Limited, Lagos, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i4.1008

Abstract

This paper seeks to undertake a comparative analysis of the nutritional strategies utilized in Nigeria and the United States to enhance lactation, with a specific focus on dietary approaches and supplements. Through an exploration encompassing cultural relevance, regulatory approval, effectiveness, and safety of these strategies in both nations, this study endeavors to shed light on the multifaceted landscape of lactation support. In Nigeria, where cultural traditions intertwine with dietary practices, conventional approaches to lactation enhancement often revolve around the consumption of specific foods believed to stimulate milk production. Fenugreek seeds, moringa leaves, and papaya are commonly incorporated into maternal diets, reflecting longstanding cultural beliefs aimed at bolstering lactation. Additionally, traditional soups and stews rich in nutrients derived from fish, meats, and green leafy vegetables play a pivotal role in replenishing maternal health postpartum. In contrast, the United States exhibits a diverse array of dietary approaches and supplements utilized to support lactation, influenced by cultural diversity and healthcare practices. While there is no prescribed "lactation diet," breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to maintain a well-balanced diet comprising fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Conversely, in the United States, a myriad of lactation supplements, including herbal formulations and galactagogues, are subject to regulatory oversight by agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ensuring safety and efficacy. By examining the cultural relevance, regulatory frameworks, effectiveness, and safety of nutritional strategies in Nigeria and the United States, this paper aims to elucidate the nuanced nuances and commonalities underlying lactation support practices. Understanding these disparities and similarities holds immense potential in informing global initiatives aimed at enhancing lactation support systems and addressing the diverse needs of mothers and infants worldwide.

Keywords: Lactation, Nutrition, Dietary Approaches, Supplements, Cultural Relevance, Safety.

Published

2024-04-10

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