09-AUG-2019: World Breastfeeding Week observed
ALIGARH August 9: The department of Community Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized several programmes as part of the World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated throughout the world with the theme "Empower parents, Enable Breastfeeding".
A number of programmes, including awareness school rally, focused group discussion with the pregnant and lactating mothers, poster making and drawing competitions, were organized during the week.
Addressing the valedictory programme at the Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Jawan, Prof Najam Khalique, senior faculty member and AMU Executive Council member, said that despite international recommendations, only 55% of all babies under 6 months in India are exclusively breastfed while 41% are able to begin breastfeeding within first hour of birth. To increase breastfeeding, women need to be educate and supported at home, health facilities and work place, he added.
Dr Uzma Eram, Incharge, RHTC, pointed out that breastfeeding is a natural process of nursing babies and they should be breastfed in the first golden hour of birth. Discarding the use of colostrum in some societies is not a good practice as it is full of nutrients and energy and provides as the first vaccine for the baby, she added.
Dr Eram said that colostrum helps in growth and development of the baby and enables sensory and cognitive development while protecting the infant from diarrhea and pneumonia, at the same time.
Prof Anees Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine said that breastfeeding reduces maternal and child mortality and breastfed children have higher intelligence. He said that breastfeeding causes no economic loss to individual and the nation and it is, in fact, one of the best investments in saving lives and improving the health, social and economic development of the country. He said that breastfeeding is a gift from God for both the mother and the baby and it reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.
On this occasion, mothers of exclusive breastfed children were felicitated while winners of poster making competition were given prizes by the guests.
Dr Saleem Mohammad Khan, JR, conducted the programme.
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