In India, as per the National Family Health Survey(NFHS)-4 (2015-16), only 41.6% children under three years were breastfed within one hour of birth while only 54.9% children were exclusively breastfed until six months.
Breastfeeding is a cornerstone for child survival and health especially during early life because it provides essential irreplaceable nutrition for a child’s growth and development. It serves as a child’s first immunization - providing protection from common childhood illnesses, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, few of the leading causes of under-five mortality in WHO’s South-East Asia Region. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development and is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Breastfeeding should be done in a right way.
To address this issue, HLFPPT organizes community sessions to promote breastfeeding at regular intervals. One of such session was organized in our Centre of Excellence (COE)- District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) which provides healthcare services to babies and children aged 0-6 years of age. The information about Exclusive Breastfeeding, importance of first milk (Colostrum),Nutritional value of breastmilketcwas shared in the session. The session was conducted by giving demonstration of breastfeeding by using Mama Breast mannequin. Mama Breast is an excellent tool to use in the Essential Care for Every Baby training, Essential Care for Small Babies training and programs on Breastfeeding training, Kangaroo Mother Care Training and many more. Parents and Health Service Providers learnt about Breastfeeding with a wearable simulator that allows training for highly realistic simulation of breast feeding and breast milk expression.
This could not be possible without your support. Thank you for your generous support for generating awareness on Breastfeeding. It will save many lives. Many children will get proper nutrition through Breast milk. We had just shared the information to a few bunches of people. There are still thousands of mothers left who don’t know the importance of breastfeeding or doing it in a wrong way. We need your support for training them and saving many more lives.
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