Breast Feeding Conference

Explanation By The Students



World breast feeding week has been celebrated since 1992 and is the biggest social mobilization platform for breast feeding. Government and health officials, nongovernmental organizations and individuals observe the day, often with education on exclusive breast feeding, advantages of breast feeding etc. The theme of world breast feeding week 2016 is “Breast feeding: A key to sustainable development”

This year’s world breast feeding week 2016 (WBW2016) is celebrated to signify the link between breastfeeding and sustainable development goals (SDG’s). SDG’s serves as a blue print for global commitment and action towards equitable development. This Year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding action (WABA) has taken up challenge to frame infant and young child feeding strategies within sustainable development.

In this direction , the Obstetrical and Gynaecology Department  & Community Health Nursing Department at College of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore, has organised and conducted an exhibition to create awareness about Breastfeeding during the 1 week of August 2016 at Primary Health Centre & Maternity health centre , Taverekere. The B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students were involved in conducting the exhibition under the guidance and supervision of Mrs. D. Kanitha, Dr. C.Rajeswari, Mr. B. Jaya kumar, Ms. Jeeva.S., Lecturers and Mrs. S.Vijayalakshmi , Clinical Instructor at college of Nursing, NIMHANS.

The students conducted the exhibition in the premises of the Primary Health Centre after obtaining the necessary permission from the Medical Officer of the PHC as well as the Maternity centre. The students have prepared posters covering various aspects of Breast feeding like: overview of the Breastfeeding day and its theme,  Structure of breast, physiology of breast feeding –let down reflex, positions for breast feeding, signs of good and poor attachment, advantages of breast feeding to the mother and infant, expression of breast milk, immunization schedule, diet planning  for mother , immunization schedule and common breast complications and home care measures etc.

The Medical officer of the primary health centre and the medical officer of the Maternity centre were invited to inaugurate the exhibition followed by which the students gave explanation of the related concepts to the post natal mothers, their relatives and general public. The conduct of the exhibition was ably assisted and guided by the medical officer’s contribution to the exhibition by conducting a discussion session with the mothers and demonstration session on positions etc.