Chennai, 1st August 2019: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, Fortis Malar Hospital today conducted a unique session dedicated to breastfeeding and lactation at The Raintree, Anna Salai. The session comprised of audience consisting of new and expectant mothers along with their Family members. Experts in this field, Dr Jayashree Jayakrishnan, Lactation Consultant, Fortis Malar and Dr Premalatha, Consultant – Gynaecology, Fortis Malar Hospital addressed crucial topics like challenges in breastfeeding, cost of inadequate breastfeeding and the need for reinforcement of breastfeeding.
The interesting discussion was an open forum where young mothers shared their breastfeeding experiences and put forth various queries regarding breastfeeding and its practical challenges. A plethora of topics related to breastfeeding were discussed amidst the presence of the husbands and parents of the mothers in order to have a better idea and proper insight on their role with regards to their contribution in helping lactating mothers to achieve optimal breastfeeding.
Commenting on this, Dr Jayashree Jayakrishnan said “We aim to educate the entire family in order to prepare them to face the pregnancy period and the post pregnancy phase together. We emphasize that the family gets involved especially in the post pregnancy phase in order to help mothers attain optimal breastfeeding. Optimal breastfeeding provides positive effects on both children and mothers thereby preventing malnutrition. It plays a very crucial role in maintaining good health and wellbeing of women and child which actually forms the basis of a country’s overall development and future.”
“Early weeks of Breast feeding is really challenging .Increasing breast feeding rates is not just the responsibility of the Mum. It is our collective responsibility to encourage her during this period” said Dr Premalatha
According to a 2016 study published in the LANCET Journal, In India, breastfeeding is inadequate as only 55% babies are exclusively breastfed 0-6 months and only 41% are able to begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth. According to a new study with an accompanying tool, annually, inadequate breastfeeding results in 100,000 preventable child deaths (mainly due to diarrhoea and pneumonia), 34.7 Million cases of diarrhoea, 2.4 Million cases of pneumonia, and 40,382 cases of obesity in India. Health impact on mothers is more than 7000 cases of breast cancer, 1700 of ovarian cancer and 87000 of type- 2 diabetes. Formula feeding of children aged 0-23 months results in more than INR 25393.77 crores and INR 727.18 crores spending on health care due to illness.