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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
05-January-2018 04:29IST
Awareness about breastfeeding among women

 

 

  

According to National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-16), 41.6 percent of children in the country under age 3 years were breastfed within one hour of birth. State/UT wise details are given below:

 

Children under age 3 years breastfed within one hour of birth (%) - NFHS-4 (2015-16)

Serial

No.

State /UTs

Children under age 3 years breastfed within one hour of birth (in %)

1

 Andaman and Nicobar Islands

41.9

2

 Andhra Pradesh

40.1

3

 Arunachal Pradesh

58.7

4

Assam

64.4

5

Bihar

34.9

6

Chandigarh

33.5

7

Chhattisgarh

47.1

8

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

47.8

9

Daman and Diu

55.8

10

Delhi

29.1

11

Goa

73.3

12

Gujarat

50.0

13

Haryana

42.4

14

Himachal Pradesh

41.1

15

Jammu and Kashmir

46.0

16

Jharkhand

33.2

17

Karnataka

56.4

18

Kerala

64.3

19

Lakshadweep

54.3

20

Madhya Pradesh

34.5

21

Maharashtra

57.5

22

Manipur

65.4

23

Meghalaya

60.6

24

Mizoram

70.2

25

Nagaland

53.2

26

Odisha

68.6

27

Puducherry

65.3

28

Punjab

30.7

29

Rajasthan

28.4

30

Sikkim

66.5

31

Tamil Nadu

54.7

32

Telangana

37.1

33

Tripura

44.4

34

Uttarakhand

27.8

35

Uttar Pradesh

25.2

36

West Bengal

47.5

Note: Based on the last child born in the 5 years before the survey.

Source: NFHS-4 (2015-16) factsheets.

 

Further, according to the data uploaded by the States /UTs on the Health Management Information system (HMIS) portal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 1,83,10,666 newborns in the country were breastfed within one hour of birth during 2016-17. State/UT wise details are given below:

 

States/UTs wise number of newborns breastfed within one hour of birth during 2016-17

Serial No.

States/UTs

Number of Newborns breastfed within 1 hour of birth

1

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

4,023

2

Andhra Pradesh

7,03,848

3

Arunachal Pradesh

4,090

4

Assam

5,93,534

5

Bihar

19,77,535

6

Chandigarh

21,026

7

Chhattisgarh

4,48,049

8

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

6,120

9

Daman and  Diu

1,973

10

Delhi

1,98,179

11

Goa

13,054

12

Gujarat

10,62,720

13

Haryana

4,31,994

14

Himachal Pradesh

77,536

15

Jammu and Kashmir

1,74,133

16

Jharkhand

6,62,536

17

Karnataka

8,61,440

18

Kerala

4,27,907

19

Lakshadweep

800

20

Madhya Pradesh

12,84,984

21

Maharashtra

15,68,169

22

Manipur

34,832

23

Meghalaya

76,049

24

Mizoram

18,548

25

Nagaland

18,160

26

Odisha

5,80,439

27

Puducherry

34,077

28

Punjab

3,02,988

29

Rajasthan

12,70,703

30

Sikkim

5,590

31

Tamil Nadu

5,02,415

32

Telangana

3,56,685

33

Tripura

46,800

34

Uttar Pradesh

33,06,965

35

Uttarakhand

1,29,799

36

West Bengal

10,92,966

Source-Data as uploaded by the  States /UTs on HMIS portal (Status as on 22.12 2017)

 

 

 

MoHFW has implemented a nationwide programme called “Mother’s Absolute Affection (MAA)” under National Health Mission for promotion of breastfeeding practices.

 

  • Capacity building of health staffs and Accredited Social Health Activists(ASHAs) in appropriate breastfeeding practices combined with 360 degree IEC (Information Education Communication) / BCC (Behaviour Change Communication) activities for breastfeeding promotion is under taken under this programme.

 

  • In addition, carrying out of village level mothers’ meeting by ASHAs is one of the key activities of this MAA programme which aim to increase awareness about the importance of breastfeeding among women in India by community participation.

 

  • MAA programme envisages the promotion of breastfeeding in health facilities as well as communities by making women aware as well providing skilled counselling support for appropriate breastfeeding practices.

 

  • Breastfeeding promotion is being taken as a core thematic area during Ante Natal Care counselling to pregnant mothers and during Village Health and Nutrition Days meetings.

 

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today.

 

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MV/LK