Series of events planned to spread awareness on breastfeeding

Jipmer's Amudham Thaipaal Maiyam, the only human milk bank in Puducherry.  

An awareness rally, poster and quiz contests, role play and lectures by experts are among the initiatives planned by Jipmer’s Departments of Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the College of Nursing for the week-long World Breastfeeding Week celebrations beginning on Thursday.

The theme for WBW 2019 is ‘Empower Parents: Enable Breastfeeding’ with the chosen logo featuring the WBW-Sustainable Development Goals campaign triad of two adults and an infant, reinforcing the importance of working together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, a press note from Jipmer said.

During the week, Jipmer will also be raising awareness on its concept of Amutham Thaipaal Maiyam, or breast milk banks launched on July 13, 2016 and encouraging more mothers to engage with this initiative.

B. Adhisivam, Head, Department of Neonatology, Jipmer, all healthy lactating mothers with healthy babies, voluntarily willing to give extra breast milk for other babies without compromising the nutritional needs of their own baby, are potential donors.

In fact, donors can include mothers attending well-baby clinics, mothers whose babies are in neonatal intensive care units, those who have lost their babies but are willing to donate their milk, or lactating working staff in the hospital, and motivated mothers from the community.

Only in conditions of the use of illegal drugs, tobacco products or alcohol, positive blood test for HIV, Hepatitis B or C or syphilis, use of radioactive drugs, acute illness in the mother, mastitis or fungal infection of the nipple or areola, are donors ruled out.

The donated milk is preserved as pasteurised donor human milk (PDHM) in the milk bank and prescribed on priority for pre-term and sick babies, babies of mothers with post-partum illnesses, and whose mothers have lactation failure, till their mothers’ milk output improves.

Abandoned neonates, temporary interruption of breastfeeding and babies whose mother died in the immediate postpartum period will also receive PDHM, Dr. Adhisivam said.

Routine screening

Before donations are accepted, mothers are routinely screened for common infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B. As an additional precautionary measure, bacteriological testing of the pasteurised milk will be done before administering to the baby.

Abandoned neonates and babies whose mother died in the immediate post-partum period are also among beneficiaries. The campaign seeks to reduce use of formula baby foods and its complications and facilitate a switch to exclusive breastfeeding in the community.

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