Mumbai: Fortis Hospital inaugurates breastfeeding cell for mothers

This is the 1st breastfeeding room launched in a private hospital, aiming to promote the importance of breastfeeding by providing safe, private space for mothers

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In observance of World Breastfeeding Week which is celebrated from August 01 to August 07, 2018, Fortis Hospital Mulund inaugurated its 1st breastfeeding room breastfeeding room at the hospital.

With this year’s theme being “Foundation of life-Breastfeeding nourishment of life”, the aim is to improve breastfeeding practices amongst women to enrich the health and nourishment of their children.

Dr Prashant Gangal, Practicing Pediatrician of Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), in Maharashtra lent his support to the initiative.

According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data only 54.9% children are breastfed on an average for 2.9 months. The study also found that 7.6 million babies approximately were not breastfed at all.

By launching these breastfeeding rooms, any woman visiting the hospital with their babies for a check-up or any hospital employee can use these rooms and breastfeed their baby.

The initiative is led by Dr Sonal Kumta, consultant, obstetrician and gynaecologist and Dr Jesal Sheth, senior consultant, paediatric and neonatal intensivist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, along with the nursing team.

Talking about this initiative, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “Every mother should have access to safe environment while breastfeeding, this initiative is a progressive step towards achieving this goal. The breastfeeding room is a representation of our commitment to the well-being of our patients, visitors and employees in general and lactating mothers in particular.”