Pune/Lonavla: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has always worked towards promoting healthy practices among communities living in and around its project locations. In continuation with this philosophy, Tata Power’s Community Development Trust (TPCDT) at Mulshi celebrated World Breastfeeding Week with the women of Patnus, Adharwadi and Bhamburde villages of Mulshi Lake and around areas around the plant. The program was organised by Tata Power Community Development Trust, with support from NGOs- Surhuday Health Foundation, SAMPARC (Social Action for Manpower Creation) local Sarpanch, Anganwadi and ASHA Workers. Also present at the event were several representatives from the government and the community.
The objective of the celebrations was to inform local women about the available maternity protection entitlements, and to gain multi-dimensional support from all sectors to become baby and mother-friendly, and enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed. The theme for this year’s awareness week on Breastfeeding was ‘Breastfeeding – A key to sustainable development’. The program benefitted close to 350 pregnant and lactating women. During the program, the attending women were explained the various benefits of breastfeeding to mother and infant, and the doctors diffused several myths and misconceptions around the same.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mahesh Paranjpe, Head, Hydros, Tata Power, said, “Tata Power has always given priority to women and child health in its operational areas. We are extremely happy to have celebrated the World Breastfeeding week in the region to raise awareness among the women populace of the region. We are thankful to local administration along with members of the Sarpanch, Surhuday Health Foundation and SAMPARC for making the programme a grand success. We hope that the collaborative effort will help in shaping Breastfeeding a key to sustainable development.”
Dr. Vaidhavi Nagarkar explain to the pregnant women and lactating mothers that how mothers should eat a balanced and nutritious diet to provide enough milk to her baby. TPCDT officials also explained their views and objectives around the Week. The program ended with a vote of thanks by TPCDT officials.
World Breastfeeding Week is organized and promoted worldwide by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in order to encourage breastfeeding by mothers for the infant’s first six months as it provides several health benefits to both infant and the mother.
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