World breast feeding week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August. WBW comes up with the goal to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields many health benefits, providing critical nutrient protection from deadly diseases such as pneumonia and fostering growth and development.
Breastfeeding has innumerable positive health implications for mothers and infants. Lactation is a natural process which starts after the birth of child. Proper diet, health status and emotional state are responsible for good milk production. The baby should be kept on exclusive breast feeding for six months, breast milk is considered as the complete food for the growth and development of baby. Mothers are benefited from galactogogues which are foods helpful in increasing milk production.
Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800 000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert 20 000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer.
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2019 a CME was arranged by Nutrition Society of India Nagpur chapter and Ashadeep at Government Ayurved College, Nagpur. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Rajsi Sengupta, renowned gynaecologist Sengupta nursing home and Dr. Pratima Shastri, former HOD of food technology department, LIT, Nagpur.
According to gynaecologist, Dr. Rajsi Sengupta,”Breastmilk is love turned into food it takes someone special to share that love”. Dr. Sengupta focused on the health and care of breast during lactation.
Dr. Pratima Shastri focused on the galactogogues, foods which enhances milk production in lactating mothers. The galactogagues consists of black sesame seeds, almonds, barley, dates, raw papaya, flax seeds, drumstick leaves, coconut, edible gum, ajwain, walnut, fenugreek, betel seeds, poppy seeds, etc. She also told about the nutritional values of galactogogues and various recipies for lactating mothers.
Dr. Ganesh Mukkawar, Dean GAC Nagpur, Dr. V.G. Patrikar, HOD Swasthavritta department, Dr. Nikam ,Dr. Bombarde, Dr. Pawar, Dr. Wasnik, Dr. Khandekar, Dr.Deshpande were present. Junior residents and undergraduate students are benefited by the CME. Along with these Dr. Deo, Nesari and Kulkarni also graced the programme. Dr Sumeeta Jain took the efforts for collaboration. Dr. A. N. Radha, Dr. Rekha Sharma, Renuka Mainde, Meghana Pandit from Nutrition Society of India, Nagpur Chapter and A shadeep co-ordinated the programme.
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