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Breastfeeding week concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 7
A workshop was organised by the Department of Paediatrics of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to mark the conclusion of the breast-feeding week. The workshop was aimed at training the health workers in counselling mothers regarding the right method of breastfeeding.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr B.K. Jain, Head of the Department, with Ms Harjit Kaur and Ms Kulwinder Kaur, senior nursing staff members of the neonatal unit, as panellists. The workshop was attended by faculty members, resident doctors and nursing staff of the departments of gynaecology and paediatrics of DMCH.

Dr Harmesh Singh Bains, Associate Professor in paediatrics, said that due to ignorance most mothers did not understand the importance of breastfeeding. Weight gain and loss of figure were among the myths associated with breast feeding. On the contrary, breastfeeding helped in controlling weight gain in the mother after childbirth.

“Not only this, mother’s milk helps protect the child from various diseases. Health workers can help promote this cause by counselling mothers,” he said. The concept of ‘kangaroo mother care (right method of breastfeeding)’ was developed in Columbia by Rey and Martinez. The method assisted in maintaining normal temperature of the infant and facilitated initiation of breastfeeding in better weight gain and development of the baby. It also reduced stress in the mother and she felt more confident, he said.

A book written in Gurmukhi on breastfeeding by Dr Bains was released by Dr Daljit Singh, Principal of DMCH. The book was sponsored by Dr L.S. Chawla, former Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, under the aegis of the Association of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development.

Meanwhile, the district health administration organised a function in connection with the breastfeeding week at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today. College students and staff attended the function.

Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, who presided over the function, asked the mothers of new-born babies to start breastfeeding within half an hour of childbirth.

Dr Madanajit Kaur Sahota, Principal of the college, Dr Anil Dhir, an ayurveda specialist, Ms Santosh Bhatia, District Mass Education and Information Officer, and other speakers highlighted the importance mother’s milk for new-born babies. The Rameshwar Welfare Trust also organised a seminar on breastfeeding today. 


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