EDUCATION ON MATERNAL DIET PREPARES SAKINA TO HAVE A HEALTHY BABY.

EDUCATION ON MATERNAL DIET PREPARES SAKINA TO HAVE A HEALTHY BABY

Baby Wasim during enrollment in the programme
A playful Baby Wasim after recovery.

When Sakina was pregnant with baby Wasim (name changed) often she would be too occupied with her daily chores and sadly would land up skipping her meals. Sakina is a resident of Umarkhadi, an extension of the sprawling Bainganwadi slum in north-eastern Mumbai.

Due to her nutritional deficiency, Baby Wasim was born premature in the 7th month of Sakina’s pregnancy and weighed only 2 kg. Wasim’s weight was low for a new born baby, and to make matters worse, within two months, Sakina suddenly stopped producing milk due to frequent bouts of illness and started bottle feeding him. In the coming weeks Wasim’s weight continued to drop below the normal standard weight for his age.

During a routine screening in Govandi, baby Wasim’s MUAC reading (Middle Upper Arm Circumference) indicated that he was severely malnourished and required immediate attention. Sakina enrolled him at our treatment center. Baby Wasim was provided essential medicines and introduced to a diet of energy dense nutrition supplement for gradual recovery.

Nurses at the treatment center helped Sakina to start breastfeeding baby Wasim again. Through close monitoring and Sakina's counselling on correct feeding practices, Wasim was showing signs of recovery.

His weight started to increase gradually. It wasn’t long before he was babbling and throwing his limbs around. Buoyed by the results, Sakina diligently attended the weekly counselling sessions and understood the importance of nutrition during pregnancy.

Wasim recently turned one and has made complete recovery. His favourite toy is his red and yellow coloured ball and he will gladly throw it at you if you are game to throw it back! He will soon have a sibling to share his favourite toy with. Sakina is pregnant again.

This time around though she is making sure she gets all the essential nutrients from her diet and never skips her meals. Sakina is determined to give her second baby the right start to grow up to be as healthy and strong as Wasim is now.

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