Awareness programme on World Breastfeeding

The World Breastfeeding Week programme organized by Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital of Perambalur, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan University was held on Monday, August 7, 2023.

Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dean Dr. Viswanathan was the special guest on this occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan, Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital Dean, said, "Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs. It contains 87% water, 7% carbohydrates, 4% fat, 1% protein, vitamins, and other minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc. Breastfeeding protects against short- and long-term illnesses such as respiratory distress, diarrhoea, diabetes, high blood sugar, and severe colic and intestinal problems that occur within days of birth. Breastfeeding also protects women from breast cancer and cervical cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recommend that only breast milk is the best food for the first six months, and that a nutritious complementary diet with breast milk for the first two years will boost the child's immunity, and that the child will continue to breastfeed until the age of two. He said that the mortality rate of children under five years of age is decreasing. Speaking further, he said that the role of nurses and paramedical students like you is very important in bringing awareness about breastfeeding to mothers. Rangoli, Role play, archery, and quiz competitions were conducted for the students of the Nursing and Allied Health Science College on the occasion of the Breastfeeding Week awareness programme, and prizes and certificates were given to the winning students. Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Suresh Kumar delivered the keynote speech on this occasion. Also, Mrs. Dhanalakshmi, Principal of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Nursing, gave a welcome address. Dhanalakshmi, Principal, Srinivasan Nursing College, delivered the vote of thanks. About 500 students from Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Nursing, Srinivasan Nursing College, and Srinivasan Institute of Medical Sciences students participated in the event.