Ranchi, Aug. 1: Mother’s milk protects the newborn from diseases. This fact has been repeated often. But, what is usually not said is that breastfeeding for the first six months also helps the mother stay in shape and prevents breast and ovarian cancer.
Doctors reiterated the nutritional and other healthy benefits of mother’s milk at the launch of World Breastfeeding Week by social welfare, women and child development department on Friday.
During the weeklong campaign, 38,000 anganwadi kendras will be covered to reach out to 16 lakh lactating mothers, 8 lakh pregnant women and around 16 lakh children below 2 years.
Job Zachariah, chief of Unicef in Jharkhand, said, “Breastfeeding minimises the risk of many diseases in both mother and child. Besides, breastfeeding mothers get back to shape far more quickly.”
He added that if hospitals extend support, the rate of breastfeeding would see a sharp rise soon. At present, the breastfeeding rate in the state stands at 43 per cent.”
On the sidelines of the programme, 10 anganwadi sevikas were felicitated with certificates and a cheque of Rs 5,000 each for their contribution in spreading awareness.