I am the I in IWK -Dr. Walid El-Naggar, Neonatologist

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“For me, breastfeeding is a simple, natural and efficient investment in healthy generations. It can establish healthy communities worldwide at no cost. As a health care provider, it is a duty, honour and joy to support mothers and promote breastfeeding.”     

Dr. Walid El-Naggar is a Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University and one of the neonatologists that looks after the sick preterm or full-term newborn babies in the IWK Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He also counsels expectant parents with high-risk pregnancies and is responsible for giving medical advice to family physicians and pediatricians in newborn-related issues.

“Every day I see how our multidisciplinary team members collaborate to help our little patients and their families,” says El-Naggar. “The dedication, hard work and passion that everyone brings to their role are exemplary.”

El-Naggar is motivated by providing the best family-centered care to babies and supporting families during their stressful time. He is also passionate about clinical research that will improve the care of future generations.

“I wish breastfeeding programs in Nova Scotia the greatest of success and am hopeful that one day we will have a milk bank that serves the Atlantic Provinces.”

National Breastfeeding Week is October 1-7, 2022