In its constant endeavour to promote Breastfeeding, Fernandez Hospital held a very informative session for expectant mothers on 25th March at Stork Home. The sizable gathering of mothers-to-be and spouses appreciated the presentation by Neonatologist Dr. Hemasree and the discussion on the importance of breastfeeding, its advantages, as well as techniques and tips for successful breastfeeding.
With the theme of "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together", Dr. Hemasree pointed out the WHO recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby's life. This means giving an infant ONLY breast milk with the exception of drops or syrup, mineral supplements or drugs. No food or drink other than breast milk - not even water. She encouraged breastfeeding as a continuum with complementary feeds from 7 to 24 months.
Dr. Hemasree elaborated on the composition of breast milk and the stages of its production. She also highlighted the numerous benefits of breastfeeding to the baby and to the mother herself. Of interest to the couples were the early, mid and late cues from the baby when it is hungry. Also discussed were breastfeeding positions and the importance of proper latching onto the breast for optimum feeding.
While reiterating why breastfeeding is best, she pointed out the dangers of formula feeding. She talked about importance of milk expression and storage as a help to working mothers. Dr. Hemasree concluded her presentation with a lively "Myth & Fact" session.