Fortis hospital observes breastfeeding week

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2014 19:54 IST

Fortis Hospital celebrated World Breastfeeding Week creating awareness on breastfeeding children up to the age of six months.

In a unique gesture, the hospital felicitated thirty-five lactating mothers for breastfeeding their infants. The week-long celebrations hummed with activities of poster making competition, talk to nurses and skit. Ten nurses, who completed special course of breastfeeding, were given certificates in a concluding ceremony held on Saturday.

Senior consultant and head neonatology Dr Ashwani Singal unveiled a brochure compiled by him regarding breastfeeding.

“It's the way to get back to perfect shape and shed those oodles of fat accumulated over pregnancy since breastfeeding your baby results in 500-600 calories burnt every day, which otherwise would require 1-2 hours of vigorous exercise,” he said.

He added breastfeeding lowered chances of wheat allergy and inflammatory bowel disease, a serious condition in children affecting intestines.

Advocating that the babies be breastfed exclusively for first six months, he said breastfeeding reduces the risk of diabetes, maintains weight of children even in adulthood, reduces risk of developing blood cancer and provides immunity that no formula milk or bottled milk can do.

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