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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Medical and para-medical personnel of Government Hospital, Srirangam, training a mother on breastfeeding her twins simultaneously. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Medical and para-medical personnel of Government Hospital, Srirangam, training a mother on breastfeeding her twins simultaneously. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Staff Reporter

"It will improve the bond between mother and child" Women with twins should have a nutritious diet for ensuring healthy breastfeeding practices

TIRUCHI: The advantages of simultaneous breastfeeding of twins were stressed at a function to mark the valediction of the `World Breastfeeding Week' celebrations at the Government Hospital in Srirangam on Monday.

Gynaecologists and medical officers, who spoke on the occasion, said mothers were used to breastfeeding their twins one by one, which at times reduced lactation and caused anxiety.

The Joint Director of Health and Rural Health Services, C. Nagarajan, who spoke on `Child-friendly Principles' termed as `Nature's wonder' the normal lactation for both infants, as it was in the normal cases. He said simultaneous breastfeeding would improve the mother-child bond. Women with twins should have a nutritious diet for ensuring healthy breastfeeding practices.

Dr. Nagarajan said a proposal to construct an additional 10-bed children's ward at the Government Hospital in Manapparai where the `Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care' (CEMONC) programme was being implemented, was sent to the government.

Breastfeeding would bring down infant mortality rate (IMR), he said and explained techniques for breastfeeding newborns even after a Caesarean procedure. The IMR for 2005 was 23.5 for every 1,000 live births in the district against the State's 30.1.

Improves IQ level

A gynaecologist, M. Umarani, who spoke on `Efficient breastfeeding,' said simultaneous breastfeeding of twins would enhance the sensory stimulus to the pituitary gland in the brain. The levels of prolactin reflex and oxytocin reflex would increase breast milk production. Breastfeeding improved the Intelligence Quotient level of children.

Dr. Umarani said office-goers could go for storing breast-milk.

Chief Medical Officer T. Mohanasundaram said this year's celebrations focussed on creating awareness on `Infant Milk Substitute Act,' which restricted publicity through mass media and sale of tin-powder products.

Medical Officers S. Panneerselvam and Sumathi Paulraj also spoke.

A mother who gave birth to twins was imparted training on positioning of her children while breastfeeding on the occasion. Medical and para-medical personnel explained the procedures on ensuring the right position for the infants and mother-child bond.

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