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Why is breastfeeding important?

Early initiation of breastfeeding, especially during the first hour of birth, is key to promoting child survival & well-being. Unfortunately, even today only 41.6% babies are breastfed within 1 hour of being born in India: UNICEF

We need to change these numbers because improving breastfeeding rates could save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age 5 every year. Also, it could prevent 20,000 maternal deaths from breast cancer. 
Taking this thought further, Gracia Raina Foundation, NARCHI, and Fortis La Femme organised a breastfeeding workshop at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi on August 6, 2019. It was attended by 70 mothers & newborns, nurses, & doctors. 
Presented by Dr. Anita Sharma, Fortis La Femme and added on by Dr. Achla Batra, Safdarjung Hospital, the workshop touched upon topics of breastfeeding positions, myths associated with it, common difficulties during breastfeeding such as milk supply, engorgement, and latching of the baby, and attitude towards the process. "The moment you're positive, everything falls into place. For your breastfeeding process to be seamless, the mother needs to be in a supportive and positive environment that helps, motivates and encourages her," Dr. Sharma added. 
We hope we are able to reach many more such women, help them understand the processes involved in breastfeeding, making the experience a seamless one.

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