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Breast-feeding week being observed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
The Civil Surgeon, Dr S.N. Tiwari, emphasised on the importance of breast-feeding the new-born babies, saying mother’s milk is a good beginning for toddlers. Speaking at a function organised by the health department at the Government College for Women to mark the breast-feeding week from August 1 to 7 here, he said the mother’s milk provided vitamins, minerals and nutrition to the children and also built up resistance to diseases. The breast-fed children remained more or less safe from common ailments like anemia and deficiency diseases.

The district-level function, organised in collaboration with the State Bank of India, Fountain Chowk branch, was attended by a large number of college students and teachers. Among others, Mr S.K. Prabhakar, Ms Kuldip Kaur Sahni, Ms Kusum Ahuja, Dr Rajinder Gulati, Dr Arun Kumar Handa and Dr A. S. Chawla addressed the function while focusing on the need to breast feed the new-born babies.

Speaking at the occasion, Ms Santosh Bhatia, District Mass Education and Information Officer, advised that infants at the age of 4 to 6 months should also be given small amount of solid and semi-solid food in addition to mother’s milk. At the same time, milk bottles and soothers should be avoided. Describing the mothers milk as the safest diet for babies, she said weak or pre-mature babies and even those suffering from different diseases should also be maintained on breast feeding.

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Breast-feeding does wonders for baby, mother

Breast-feeding is natural. It helps the mother physically. When the baby nurses, the muscle wall of the uterus contracts vigorously. This hastens its return to normal size and position. The baby gets some protection against disease from the colostrum (the fluid that comes before the real milk. A big advantage of breast-feeding is that the milk is always pure; a baby can’t catch an intestinal infection from it. Breast- feeding does wonders for a young mother and for her relationship with her baby. She and her baby are happy in themselves and feel more and more loving to each other.

Breast milk is the ideal food for babies younger than four to six months. Breast milk contains antibodies and other disease-preventing substances. It protects against allergies and asthma, and is also easier to digest than formula. Breast-feeding helps build strong bonds between the baby and the mother and helps lose weight after the baby is born. Do not take any medication while breast-feeding unless it is prescribed by a doctor. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and excess coffee.

Fears: Some mothers shy away from breast-feeding for fear that it will spoil their figure. Take two precautions, first the mother should wear a well-fitting brassiere that supports the breasts not only while she is nursing but also during the later part of pregnancy, day and night, when the breasts are definitely enlarged. This is to prevent stretching of the skin and of the supporting tissues in the breast during the time the breasts are heavier.

Some women with small breasts assume that they will be less able to produce milk in sufficient quantity. As a woman’s pregnancy progresses, secretions from the ovaries stimulate the glandular, milk-producing tissue to develop and enlarge. The arteries and veins that serve the glandular tissue enlarge too, so that the veins become prominent on the surface of the breast. The milk, when it comes in a few days after delivery, causes further enlargement of the breasts. Women who have unusually small breasts before pregnancy may produce copious amount of milk.

The working mother who hesitates to nurse because she has to go back to work. It depends on her working hours and how soon she must get back to the job. If she has to be out of the home only eight hours a day, she can still nurse her baby except for one feeding. Even if she cannot nurse after she resumes work, it will be still be worthwhile to breast-feed the baby temporarily if she has a month or two.

A nursing mother does need to ensure that her diet contains plenty of the elements that the baby draws from the milk. A large amount of calcium is excreted in the milk, to enable the baby’s bones to grow rapidly. If the mother takes in too little of calcium, the breasts will draw it from her bones. It used to be thought that she would lose calcium from her teeth, too, but this is probably not so. She should take as much milk as the baby is getting from her, plus a little extra for her own needs, in any beverage that she likes, or cooked cereals, soups, puddings or in the form of cheese. If a nursing mother is gaining unwelcome weight, she can drink skimmed milk, hold down on butter, keep the cereal and bread portions small, limit strictly or omit such high-calorie foods as candies pastries, cakes, cookies and soda drinks. But she should not cut down on milk, vegetables, fruit and vitamin D.

Some mothers prefer, even in bed in the hospital, to nurse sitting up to the right position. When a baby feels the nipple near his mouth, he will root around trying to get hold of it. At times you may need to put a finger on the breast to give him breathing space for his nose, though this is not usually necessary. Worries and tension can hold the milk back. So try to get troubles off your mind before beginning.

Usually when the mother is worrying about the amount, the doctor finds that there is no insufficiency of milk, only an insufficiency of confidence. Worry only discourages the milk supply. The mother should wash her hands and breast nipple before feed. If a mother feels pain in the breast, consult a doctor immediately.

Dr Anil Dheer

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IMA criticises bullying of doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has criticised the “ruckus” created by the attendants of a patient at the Arora Neuro Centre. The IMA said such acts of intimidation could not be tolerated and urged the people to ensure that such mischievous elements were identified and marginalised.

Dr Balbir Shah, spokesman of the association observed that in case anybody had any problem he could adopt the legal process. Nobody should be allowed to bully or intimidate the doctors who are usually held to ransom on such occasions, he said.

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400 examined at medical camp

Ludhiana, August 2
Rotary Club, Ludhiana Central, and the Swami Vivekanand Vridh Ashram (Trust) organised a free eye and medical check-up camp at Swami Vivekanand Hospital, Model Town Extension, here. According to trust president Ram Parkash Bharti, 400 patients were checked for eye and other problems and free medicines were also distributed. Medical tests and x-rays were done at half rates. The club donated clothes to 58 residents of the Vridh Ashram. OC

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Cricket fans disappointed over India’s defeat
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 2
The Indian cricket team once again failed to break the jinx yesterday which left thousands of fans disappointed. Once again, India fumbled at the last hurdle losing 10 out of 13 finals with two tied matches.

Cricket fans who remained glued to their television sets to watch the Asia Cup final on Sunday were found gasping when the demi-gods failed to come up to expectations. India, after having recorded a breathtaking 4-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka had secured a berth in the final.

This correspondent talked to a number of cricket lovers today who expressed their unhappiness over the outcome of the final between India and the island nation. Mr Veer Bhan, a Central Government employee, said India lost the match because of poor batting. “India did a comendable job by restricting the Sri Lankans to a modest total of 228 runs. The Indian batsmen, particularly, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly failed to deliver the goods which resulted in their defeat, “ he opined.

Mr Rajinder Mahajan, an avid follower of the game and president, Ludhiana District Cricket Association was of the view that though master blaster Sachin Tendulkar scored 74 runs, he consumed more than one hundred deliveries. His innings was disappointing one as he failed to carry the bat till the end which cost India dear, Mr Mahajan added.

Mr Vipin Dhand, another cricket fan who follows the game with keen interest, expressed anguish over India’s defeat in the title clash when he said that the Indian players lacked the ‘killer instinct’. They prevailed over the hosts by a wafer-thin margin in the super-league stage and entered the final.

“In the crunch-match, India began chasing the target in a shaky way and started losing wickets early. After the top order collapse, the tailenders made a belated effort to surpass the total but in vain, Mr Dhand rued.

Anupam Kumaria and Pushap Jolly, former cricketers said they rescheduled their Sunday routine to watch the final but were disappointed to see India going down by a narrow margin. They said it was surprising to see Sachin Tendulkar being bogged down by the Sri Lankan spinners. Had the little master played his natural game he would have steered India to victory single handedly, they remarked.

Now the focus shifts to Holland where India will take part in the triangular one-day tournament towards the end of this month. The other two nations are World champions Australia and arch rivals Pakistan.

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