Breast milk- “natural, nutritional, naturally sterile and cheap” : Dr Sujata Sanjay

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Posted January 3, 2020 from India
Breastfeeding Mothers Need Better Support: Dr Sujata Sanjay
“Moving away from breast feeding is at present common in women belonging to all classes of society, being the upper or the lower class. It is not because they are not aware of the benefits of breastfeeding but various kinds of pressures mainly professional ones make them to stop it at a time when it is not supposed to be. Apart this, a practice has been noticed that doctors easily suggest formula feeding when the mother cites difficulties in breastfeeding. That also has to be discouraged,”

Breastfeeding Mothers Need Better Support: Dr Sujata Sanjay

Breast milk- “natural, nutritional, naturally sterile and cheap” : Dr Sujata Sanjay

 

 An orientation program is organized at Basic primary school, Rajpur, Dehradun, Uttarakhand ,India  to create awareness regarding breast-feeding under the auspices of Lions Club Greater Dehradun. More than 25 pregnant and lactating mothers participated in the program.

 

The first hour of a baby’s life is often the most magical; but it is also the most fragile. It is when the baby is at greatest risk of developing complications and breathing difficulties. And, it’s also when they’re in danger of not getting what they need the most: the first breast milk. In India, only 45% mothers initiate early breastfeeding. The delay in breastfeeding initiation reduces the baby's access to the mother's nutritious and immune system-boosting first milk known as colostrum and significantly increases the neonate's death risk.“Every child deserves a healthy start. There is no better way than a mother’s milk,” added Dr Sujata Sanjay.

 

            “Moving away from breast feeding is at present common in women belonging to all classes of society, being the upper or the lower class. It is not because they are not aware of the benefits of breastfeeding but various kinds of pressures mainly professional ones make them to stop it at a time when it is not supposed to be. Apart this, a practice has been noticed that doctors easily suggest formula feeding when the mother cites difficulties in breastfeeding. That also has to be discouraged,” said Dr. Sujata Sanjay, Consultant in Gynecology and Obstetrics of Sanjay Maternity Centre, Dehradun.

She adds, that breast milk is the greatest gift a mother can gift her baby. Start by having a positive mindset: "I see a lot of women having apprehensions about whether or not they will be able to produce milk. Nature has programmed our female bodies in a way that the process of breast milk production automatically starts in the body after the baby is born. You should just believe in your body and be confident that you will be able to give this beautiful gift to your little one."

Breast milk, which was “natural, nutritional, naturally sterile and cheap”, would not only protect the infant's health, but also the health of the mother, she said.

 

“Stopping of breast feeding in the early months is a matter of concern. Women need more and more support. The institutions they work should either have creche attached to them or should give break in duty time to breast feed kids,” says Dr Sujata Sanjay. 

 

Dr. Sujata Sanjay,  stressed the need to create awareness about the issue among young mothers, especially in rural areas and among the poorer sections of society. “I personally feel that better support from fathers and the society in general, the organizations which the women are working as they all have a major role to play. Fathers can create a positive environment for breastfeeding in motivating and supporting the mother. Grandmothers play an equally important role and are an important source of support for new mothers. Their parenting experience can influence the mother's decision to not only initiate, but continue breastfeeding. Her assistance in taking care of the baby and domestic responsibilities can make a big difference to the mother, especially in the early months” he added.

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Wusufor
Jan 03
Jan 03

Hi sujata
Thanks very much for sharing this nice article on breastfeeding for us. I am sure many of our nursing sisters and mother's will very much thank you :-).
So educating!
Thanks for sharing and I hope you are having a good day.
Lizzy

sujata sanjay
Jan 03
Jan 03

Thankyou so much..

Wusufor
Jan 03
Jan 03

It's my pleasure dear :-).
Welcome

Anita Shrestha
Jan 04
Jan 04

Wow, good

sujata sanjay
Jan 07
Jan 07

Thankyou

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Sujata,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing this informative post about breastfeeding. I hope that globally women go back toward this natural, and beneficial process. It's great that you're educating pregnant and lactating mothers on the importance of this. Do you plan to continue these programs, and if so, how often and to how many women. Please keep up your awareness programs.... it's so important:-)

sujata sanjay
Jan 07
Jan 07

Its true only awareness is only way to help society

Thankyou so much

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Yes! You're welcome!

Hope you have a great, rest of the week!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Sujata,
Thank you so much for your post. It is so true that institutions need to support breast feeding mothers because this is very important for the development of the child in their first year of life.
Have a blessed 2020.

sujata sanjay
Jan 07
Jan 07

Yes institutions must take care of lactating mothers.. Only awareness can help the mothers to know their rights

Thankyou so much

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jan 07
Jan 07

Hi Sujata, thank you for this reminder. i am smiling because we hear these lessons when we go for antenatal care in my comunity. I was just discussing the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for the period of six months before the baby is even given water and semi solid food. Breast-milk is cheap and safe, but mothers need a lot of support, both morally and physically as stress will not be favourable during this project. To be able to succeed in exclusive breastfeeding, mothers need good nutrition, enough rest and support from her husband and family. Thank you so much. we need to sensitize others about this.

sujata sanjay
Jan 07
Jan 07

True these awareness programs are not new but we have to teach every one every day for this.. This is what we can do for society or 1/2 of the population.

Thanks for sweet note

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jan 08
Jan 08

You're welcpme Dr. Good morning.