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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
ISSN: 2454-2660(Online), 2347-8640(Print)
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Human Milk Banking
Shweta Handa1*, Rashmi Negi2
1,2Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, SGT University, Gurugram, Haryana
Breast feeding is the best method of infant feeding because human milk continues to be the only milk which is uniquely suited to the human infant. India has the highest number of preterm deaths, the major cause of which is poor breastfeeding practices. According to WHO, breastfeeding can reduce infant mortality up to 80% as mother’s milk is the best source of nutrition for the baby. India faces its own unique challenges, having the highest number of low birth weight babies and significant mortality and morbidity in very low birth weight population. In India, the burden of low birth weight babies in various hospitals is about 20% with significant mortality and morbidity. Hence the Government health experts and the civil society must join hands to propagate the concept of human milk banking for the sake of thousands of low birth weight babies’.
Mortality, Breast feeding, Pre term baby, Low birth weight baby, Human milk bank.
Shweta Handa, Rashmi Negi. Human Milk Banking. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2017; 5(4): 448-450.
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