Young mothers were educated on the different aspects of breastfeeding during the World Breastfeeding Week organised by Indian Academy of Paediatrics jointly with JSS Hospital at its premises on Monday.
Speaking at the inaugural lecture, Dr Narayanappa D, Head of the Department of Paediatrics said that this year, the world was celebrating twenty fifth year of World Breastfeeding Week. “Though awareness campaigns on breastfeeding have been intense, we have not seen any remarkable changes in the situation. In Mysuru alone, only 60% of mothers take early initiation of breast feeding,” he said.
He further said that mother’s milk was a must for a new-born baby immediately after childbirth and should ideally be given till the baby reaches two years of age. “It must be given within the first 30 minutes after birth as the milk possesses critical nutrients in ideal quantity required by the new born. Breastfeeding plays a critical role in 17 major aspects of human activity. It is economical, provides adequate energy and nutrition, good health and thus promoting sustainable living,” he said.
Principal, JSS Medical College Dr H Basavanagowdappa, Director (Academics) Dr P A Kushalappa, Director JSS Hospital Dr M D Ravi, President Indian Academy of Paediatrics Dr Sudha Rudrappa, Secretary Dr Rajendra Kumar, Principal JSS College of Nursing Prof Sheela Williams and Principal JSS School of Nursing S G Shashidhar Kumar were present.