Due to health problems and deficiency, 1 out of every 10 women in Goa is unable to breastfeed their kids in Goa. Women are unable to breastfeed their newborns because of insufficient glandular tissue or other physical health problems. The shocking and equally saddening data was reported by Dr Sophiya Rodrigues, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist while she was speaking on the importance of breastfeeding at Mum’s Kitchen.
Sophiya said that women are unable to maintain a consistency in feeding pattern and hence have switch to cow’s milk or formula milk. “Among the women unable to breastfeed due to these physical problems, 70% of them are unable to establish a breastfeeding pattern, and end up switching between breast milk and cow’s milk or formula milk. As a result, the complete pattern of nursing a newborn gets affected,” she said.
In Goa, like other parts of India, it is a habit to breastfeed their newborn till the age of two but in recent times the mothers are not being able to establish a clear pattern and hence have started switching to alternatives. Sophiya suggested that even if a pattern cannot be established, the mothers should not stop breastfeeding and should continue trying. “Operative delivery patients should start breastfeeding immediately after they recover and maintain this,” she said.