Aligarh: Â The Department of Community Medicine, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University has celebrated World Breastfeeding Week. The Breast Feeding Week provides an impetus for renewed vigour. Taking into consideration the theme â€“ â€œTalk to me! Breastfeeding- a 3D experienceâ€ which emphasizes on communication, one week long activities were conducted.
Programmes were conducted at all the Centres of the Department viz., Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Jawan and Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC), AMU-UNICEF Health Clinics and Department. Activities during the week included Focused Group Discussions with pregnant and lactating mothers from the registered families, exhibition of posters, health education and awareness activities, poster competition, identifying exclusively breastfed and complete immunized children in the families and demonstrating the correct method of hand washing etc.
The main objective of the programme was to make mothers and their family members sensitized regarding importance and advantages of breastfeeding to the baby as well as mothers. Emphasis was based on giving colostrum that is the first vaccination of the baby, and exclusive breastfeeding. Dr. Suboohi Afzal, Medical Officer discussed the Ten Steps of successful breastfeeding and shared her experiences in the field.
All teaching staff members, medical officers, senior residents, postgraduate students, interns, undergraduate students, medico- social workers, nursing students, staff members of the ICMR project and registered families participated in the programme.
Dr. Ali Jafar Abedi, Medical Officer organized various activities during the breast feeding week and carried out health education sessions and focused group discussion in the field practice areas of the Department. Prof. Zulfia Khan supervised the activities during the breast feeding week.
Final report of the breastfeeding week activities will be submitted to Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Dept. of Community Medicine was among the six organizations in the world which was awarded gold medal in 2009 by WABA.
A petition by the staff members of the department and doctors has already been submitted to Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the breast feeding activities through strictly implementing the Infant Milk Substitute Act in the state.