Breast Feeding Practices Should be Promoted In North India

by admin on November 20, 2010

Recently a study was conducted in Lucknow regarding the breast feeding practices, return of menstruation, and contraceptive practices with in first six months after giving birth to a baby. Total of 272 mothers were interviewed out of them only 202 remembered the time when they initiated the breast feeding after delivery. 41% women out of 202 practiced exclusive breast feeding for six months with this data the average duration of exclusive breast feeding comes to be 3.5 months. Menstruation of 64.5% women returned to normal with in 6 weeks after postpartum. 54% women used barrier method of contraception (condom). On the basis of data of research we come to conclusion that optimal breast feeding practices are extremely poor in this city or even northern part of country and lactational amenorrhoea can not be used as a method of contraception.

This study was done by Dr Shipra Kunwar (Obst & Gynaecologist), Dr Shivani Singh (Obst & Gynecologist), Dr M.M.A Faridi (Paediatrician) from Era’s Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital & College Medical Sciences, New Delhi. To read complete article visit at

This research work was helped out by Dr Vikram Singh Yadav, Dr Ankita and Dr. Vipin Singh. Thankyou Shipra Ma’am for making us a part of this research work.

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