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Mother's Milk For Infants In Wadia Hospital, Women Counseled To Donate Milk

To create awareness about the advantages of mother’s milk; nurses from the hospital prepared posters that mentioned the importance of breastfeeding. As it is the most nutritional and safe form of milk for the child, the creative posters were exhibited within the hospital premises. Demonstrations on various lactation methods were also provided for mothers who find it difficult to breastfeed. Also the nurses had created the trending Sonu song 'Aai Stanpan war bharosa nai kai!' to make new moms understand about benefits of breastfeeding.
Not only medical facilities, but also mother’s milk is required for babies to recuperate. Breast milk is not only rich in proteins but also provides better immunity to the baby. Milk banks come to the aid of these pre-term children in case their mothers are unable to feed them.
 “Wadia Hospital’s milk bank reserves 500 litres of milk every year. Each day, approximately 15 to 20 preterm babies benefit from this milk bank facility. All infants should be given mother’s milk as it has long term benefits for the baby and will also help in the child’s health. The milk bank benefits those mothers who are unable to feed their babies. Consent is obtained from donors and families of recipient children who are fed this milk,” said Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia hospitals.

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm in India as per World Health Organization (WHO). Not all hospitals are well equipped to handle premature babies, leading to nearly 1 million deaths in 2015. A 150 bedded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital cares for approximately 1100 preterm babies every year. At Wadia Hospital’s milk bank service, trained nurses extract, process, store and feed the milk to babies. Excess milk is put in cold storage between 2-4° C for 3 days, during which time it is bacteriologically tested. Later pasteurized at 67° C, it is put in cold storage at -8° C. It stays consumable up to 100 days. Mothers are counseled to donate their excess milk to the bank. The Gynecology department at Wadia Hospital focused on the enhancement and fortification of minimal access surgery. Often high risk patients require endoscopy, as it hardly leaves any scar and is becoming the trend. They are also focusing on poor patients to be able to avail this service and hence are introducing new machines and equipment that can enhance the minimal access surgery in Gynecology.

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