On the occasion of World Breast Feeding Week, Department of Pediatrics organised a declamation contest, in which Post Graduate residents of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology participated on Thursday.
According to Dr Puneet A. Pooni, Professor and Head of Pediatrics, World Breast Feeding Week is celebrated every year in the first week of August to commemorate the declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other international organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The slogan and theme for World Breast Feeding Week this year is ‘Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development’.
During the declamation contest, the participants highlighted about various advantages of breastfeeding. It was highlighted that the composition of breast milk is ideally suited to baby’s intestines and so is easily digestible. Breast milk also contains antibodies which help protect the children against illness such as gastroenteritis, cold, urinary infections and ear infections. Breast milk reduces the risk of baby getting allergic reactions such as asthma and eczema.
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