KOLKATA: Linking breastfeeding clinic with climate change, the main of Field workplace, UNICEF West Bengal Md Mohiuddin on Friday stated,”Breast milk replacements manufacturing, packaging transport of processed milk which raises the emission of big greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as Carbon dioxide, Methane, which leads to climate change and global warming”
The perspectives were shared at a webinar organised by UNICEF in cooperation with Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development and Social Welfare sections of Bengal authorities to watch that the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) on Friday. It had been attended by Saumitra Mohan, Mission Director, NHM; Ms Rachana Bhagat, Director; Dr Ajay Kumar Chakraborty, Director of Health Services; Dr Debashis Bhattacharya, Director Medical Education.
“There is not any alternative to breast milk, and also the creation of replacements causes environmental damage and climate change. Breastfeeding isn’t a lifestyle choice, it’s an imperative for the wellbeing of their child and mother along with breast feeding milk is the healthiest meals. So let us encourage breast feeding for rescuing our kids and our surroundings,” experts echoed this subject.
“The Infant Milk Substitute Act 2003 provides for the regulation of manufacturing, distribution and supply of infant milk substitutes, feeding bottles and baby foods with a view to security and promotion of breastfeeding and ensuring the correct use of baby foods and also for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Breastfeeding is natural, it is going to protect our natural resources,” stated Mohiuddin.
UNICEF revealed that breastfeeding supplies a healthful, functional, non-polluting, very low price, sustainable and organic source of nourishment. It protects baby health and nourishment in times of crises. Additionally, it requires less energy since it lowers the demand for water, firewood and fossil fuels in the home unlike formulation food prep.
Saumitra Mohan, Mission Director, NHM stated,”Do not get tricked by the commercials of Breast Milk Substitutes by various businesses. Particularly in the Covid instances, we ought to encourage breastfeeding, even one of the positive moms, according to recommendations. Mothers must keep on breastfeeding to the initial 1,000 times of existence.”
“Breastfeeding not only saves lives, but also aids the babies to develop nicely, develop become healthy and productive citizens of the nation and the entire world. It’s a shield for infants That Are born into a Covid Favorable mother,” stated Dr Kaninika Mitra, Health Specialist, UNICEF West Bengal.
Reiterating this season’s subject of WBW, Farheen Khurshid, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF West Bengal provided an overview to each of the participants how breastfeeding practice is correlated with severe climate change related topics such as carbon footprint along with the emission of big greenhouse gases.
UNICEF West Bengal encouraged five district administrations, such as Purulia, Malda, D Dinajpur, South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad in methodically planning and executing successful social mobilization and community participation for Breastfeeding Week 2020 with a mix of online and network platforms.
Particular focus was given on the subject – Supporting Breastfeeding for a much healthier environment. Malda and Purulia held Webinars on nursing for its district officials and all ICDS, and NRC functionaries. The webinars concentrated on the subject support breastfeeding to get a healthy world and was likewise contextualized for esophageal feeding and Covid-19.