Awareness programme on the importance of breast feeding; Vimukti Pothnal

The initial three or four years of child’s life are crucial to its later healthy growth and personality development. Since the children under three/four years spend their time in the family atmosphere, such family environment considered as crucial for their overall development. It has profound impact on a child’s survival, health, hygiene and development. at the initial stages of growth breast milk provides all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to an infant for growth for the first six months, and no other liquids or food are needed. In addition, breast milk carries antibodies from the mother that helps to combat and resist diseases. Breastfeeding also creates a special bond between mother and the child. The interaction between them during breastfeeding has positive repercussions for life, in terms of stimulation, behavior, speech, sense of wellbeing and security and thus how the child relates to other people. Breastfeeding also lowers down the risk of chronic conditions later in life, such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and leukemia etc. All these and other related issues were discussed on this gathering and guidelines were given in order to improve the life style and live a healthy and prudent life in a given circumstance. Awareness was given to the mothers of pre-school children regarding child-care and development at primary health center Tadakal. Importance of breast feeding, weaning practice, low cost nutritious food preparation, and immunization etc., topics were added in the training. In and around 49 mothers benefitted from the training. During the house visits animators reminded and educated some of them about the child care and development. Mothers too were informed about the compulsory birth-registration and to avail free Government facilities like 'madilu kittu,' 'Bhagyalaxmi yojane,' etc.

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