This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
It is essential to give a newborn the mother's thick, first milk within an hour of birth. Colostrum, rich in nutrients such as zinc, calcium and vitamins, prepares the baby's digestive system for the mature milk that it will receive in the next few days. This video highlights the need for feeding the child with only mother's milk for the first six months after birth. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months reduces infant mortality due to protection from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness. This video also provides guidance on the complementary feeding practices from the seventh month when breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of the infant. This video aims to create awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and other infant feeding practices to prevent malnutrition. It can be used by Aanganwadi , ASHA and ANM workers as well as the healthcare centers. Click here to watch the video.