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Nov 27, 2017

National Consultation of State Experts

State Experts Deliberating on Breastfeeding Rise
State Experts Deliberating on Breastfeeding Rise

National Consultation with State Experts on Scaling Up Rates of Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices

19th November 2017

Delhi

The National Consultation with State Experts on Scaling Up Rates of Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding was conceptualized with a background of accelerating the implementation of the MAA-Mothers Absolute  programme , a nationwide programme launched to protect, promote and support breastfeeding  in August 2016 by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The consultation witnessed participation from 11 State Experts working passionately to promote breastfeeding in their respective states. Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) organized the consultation to assist Ministry of Health and Family Welfare state departments in implementing the MAA programme at the state, block and district level. State of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orrisa, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

 Objectives of the National Consultation:

  1. Brainstorming discussion on increasing breastfeeding/infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF) rates in states.
  2. To enlist priorities for action for BPNI in the States.
  3. To seek commitments from the State experts.

Prioritization of Action at State Level:

Brainstorming to build consensus on priority action areas at the state level was one of the key agenda item of the consultation. The house build consensus on the following  action areas.

  • Rolling our IYCF Middle Level Trainings at the district level.
  • Reviving Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at the district level.
  • Promoting and executing research based on optimal breastfeeding practices and complementary feeding at the state and district level.
  • Sensitize media on the implementation and enforcement of IMS Act.
  • Development of draft proposal for state functionary on accelerating the MAA programme.

Thank you. 

Regards, 

BPNI Team 

State Experts from Jharkhand, Haryana & Orrisa
State Experts from Jharkhand, Haryana & Orrisa
Dr.Arun Gupta  presenting breastfeeding status
Dr.Arun Gupta presenting breastfeeding status
Other state experts engaging in the meeting
Other state experts engaging in the meeting
Aug 28, 2017

Spreading Awareness on Sustaining Breastfeeding

Nupur Bidla during the presentation at TNAI
Nupur Bidla during the presentation at TNAI

 

 

Dear Supporters,

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

August, 2017  bas been special because of the 25th World Breastfeeding Week !

BPNI has been leading the way and mobilizing thousands of breastfeeding advocates across the country from past 25 years during the World Breastfeeding Week. 

This year's  is theme was " SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING-Building Alliances without Conflicts of Interest". BPNI engaged in several awareness activities during the World Breastfeeding Week 2017 to propagate the value system of sustaining breastfeeding through building alliances without conflicts of interest. 

BPNI's technical team was at several awareness and advocacy events in Delhi to talk about this year's WBW theme. The events included technical sessions about advocacy for breastfeeding action and  related issues. 

BPNI's communication officer went as a resources person on advocacy efforts required for breastfeeding action at country level. She gave a presentation at the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) in association with Association of Lactation Professionals India(ALPI) on 6th August 2017. More than 100 participants took part in the event and also signed a petition run by BPNI for allocating dedicated funds for breastfeeding interventions to curb infant mortality and preventing malnutrition. Dr.J P Dadhich , National Coordinator ,BPNI also delivered a lecture on sustaining breastfeeding and its relevence at TNAI. 

We are happy to share that BPNI could raise more than 300 signatures for the petition from the event and through digital platform Change.org India and is still counting. BPNI plans to submit the petition to the prime minister of India by first week of September. 

We would like to extend are heartiest thank you to all our supporters for encouraging us through their monetary support. Also, would request our supporters to sign the petition on change.org in support of breastfeeding. (Link is attached)

Thank you !

Participating in a group work session at TNAI
Participating in a group work session at TNAI
Dr.J P Dadhich during a presentation at TNAI
Dr.J P Dadhich during a presentation at TNAI

Links:

May 17, 2017

Early breastfeeding advocacy for C-Section babies

Banner of the Consultation
Banner of the Consultation

Dear Freinds , 

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you a report of our advoacy efforts made with one of the ace central government medical college Dr. R.M.L. Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi on 4th May 2017.

Dr.Ajay Khera Deputy commissioner of child health and immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was also present to adress the participants. He is one of the key bureaucrat from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Government of India.

BPNI's Central Coordinator Dr.Arun Gupta participated as an expert in the consultation. The theme of the consultation was "Quality improvement initiative on early initiation of breastfeeding among Caesarean born babies". The conference was organized by Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anesthesia and Neonatology. 

The key objective of the consultation was:

  • To Sensitize about issues related to breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • To develop an action plan  for a  quality improvement model to achieve skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • Urge MOH for inclusive policy on these issues with an aim to favorably impact overall breast feeding rates in our country.

Dr Arun Gupta, delivered a short talk highlighting importance of early initiation of breastfeeding in newborns especially in caesarean born babies as this mode constitutes about one third of all deliveries. Also that although now 80% of deliveries are institutional, these overall low rates of early initiation and exclusive breast feeding rates among Indian mothers can be impacted favourably if a directed effort  as one in this meeting can be achieved. He also outlined steps to be taken especially during antenatal period to make this possible.

It was unanimously agreed upon that:

  •  Skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding are powerful interventions for improving overall neonatal outcomes.
  •  Currently these indicators are low especially among Caesarean deliveries and that achieving skin to skin and early initiation of breastfeeding in all deliveries including in the OTs is important and feasible.
  • The minutes of this meeting and key recommendations should be presented (after consensus from the key stakeholders who participated in the meeting) to the MOH to consider an inclusive policy to be framed in this regard.

With this advocacy effort BPNI was able to develop relationships with the key personnels fom the medical college and bureaucrats of Government of India . We plan to pitch IYCF counselling specilatist and middle level trainings at New Delhi State Level with them in future fulfilling our objective of creating breastfeeding counselors in India.

Thank you for all your support.

Best Regards, 

BPNI Team 

Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
participants at the consultation
participants at the consultation
 
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