Ujjain : A symposium was organised here on Friday to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week. To encourage breast feeding and improve the health of babies World Breastfeeding Week is being observed across the globe from August 1 to 7.
Additional Collector Indira Sharma and CMHO Lakshmi Baghel inaugurated the symposium. This year’s theme for the week is A Winning Goal–For Life. The symposium was held here at Civil Hospital, in which experts threw light on the importance of breastfeeding adding that it is the best way to provide new-born babies with the nutrients they need. The experts suggested adoption of worldwide instructions in this regard which include mandatory breast feed up to six months starting within first hour of the birth. They also opined continuation of mother’s feed with supplementary diet after six months and its continuation up to two years.
The experts viewed the role of the family, medical attendants including officers from Department of Women and Child Development, ANMS, nurses, ASHA workers etc as critical in implementing the breast feed concept.
They stressed the need for creating awareness among masses on it. Dr Sangeeta Palsaniya detailed about the breastfeeding issues.