IYCF (INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING) PRACTICE SAVES ROHIT’S LIFE.

IYCF (INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING) PRACTICE SAVES ROHIT’S LIFE.

Baby Rohit at the time of enrollment in June.
A healthy Baby Rohit after recovery.

On a hilly hamlet, situated on the difficult terrains of Washala village in Palghar, is where we found 2 months old Baby Rohit (name changed) during one of our routine screenings. He weighed only 1.5 kg at birth. His mother Rajashree was very worried at his failing health.
Rohit was immediately enrolled in our programme in June 2017. 

A discussion with her revealed that Baby Rohit was not receiving sufficient nutrition through breastfeeding. Due to her limited knowledge on ideal feeding techniques, Rohit was unable to suckle properly and often could not derive enough milk.

During her first visit to our programme center, our staff conducted an in-depth counselling on breast feeding practices and the techniques that should be used. Rajashree learned how she can express her breast milk in a small bowl or a cup and feed it with a dropper. She was also made aware about the hygiene and sanitation practices that she should follow while expressing her milk and feeding her child. During home visits, she was continuously reminded about maintaining cleanliness during breast feeding to avoid infections
Baby Rohit was monitored for six weeks during the home visits by our Nurse, Community Mobilizer and Field officer. 

Rohit’s average weight gain was 14 grams per day in the first week and went up to 35 grams per day in week 4. “After I learned about the right way to feed the baby, Rohit started to gain weight and was more cheerful than before” - Rajashree

Rajashree was extremely happy to see such an improvement in her child. She is thankful to the Fight Hunger Foundation team for teaching her about breastfeeding techniques. 

Our team is still keeping a close track of Rohit’s progress.

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