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Kerala Government Launches Lactation Cookies For New Mothers

With an aim to ensure sufficient nutrition for malnourished lactating mothers in the state, the Government of Kerala has launched a pilot project of distributing lactation cookies rich in nutrients that help enhance breastmilk production

World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Kerala Government Launches Lactation Cookies For New Mothers
Highlights
  • The lactation cookies are being distributed among malnourished mothers
  • The pilot project covers 1,615 women living in tribal and coastal areas
  • Lactating mothers need to have 4 cookies per day for six months

New Delhi: In a bid to provide nutritional support to malnourished lactating mothers, the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Kerala has launched lactation cookies during the World Breastfeeding Week which is celebrated every year from August 1 to August 7 to raise awareness about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months and supplementary breastfeeding after that. Made with ingredients which are rich in nutrition and help in enhancing the production of breastmilk, the cookies are called ‘Niravu’ which means ‘fulfilment’. According to Bindu Gopinath, Assistant Director, Women and Child Development, Kerala, the government will be distributing these cookies to the new mothers under a pilot project for one month in Thiruvananthapuram after which the initiative will be extended to the rest of the districts in the state.

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Emphasising on the fact that breastmilk is an elixir for newborns containing crucial vitamins and minerals the baby needs, Ms. Gopinath further said that it is important to make sure that a woman who is breastfeeding her baby consumes sufficient hydration, calories and nutritious foods because lactation demands a lot from a woman’s body. It is a lot of work and so a woman needs to take care of her body, she said. Ms. Gopinath added,

Women, especially those in rural areas or belonging to poor economic background are unable to have adequate amount of nutrition per day. The take-home ration that is provided to women through Anganwadis under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Sevices) is mostly shared by the whole family and not exclusively by the pregnant/lactating mother. Therefore, we have designed lactation cookies as a form of supplementary nutrition for these women. Malnourished women produce less milk and so lactation enhancing mixes must be taken to boost milk supply.

She further said that in order to make these cookies less appealing to the children or other family members in the house, the taste of the cookies has been kept bland.

According to Dr. Dhanya Sooraj, Consultant Nutritionist, National Nutrition Mission- Kerala, the supplement is developed as a part of WCD’s Department’s Sambushta Keralam (nutrient-rich Kerala) project. Explaining about the nutritional contents of Niravu lactation cookies, Dr. Sooraj said that these are made of wheat flour, ragi powder, roasted beans, banana powder, jaggery powder, coriander powder, cumin, fenugreek, sesame seeds and butter. She said,

These lactation cookies are being prepared for distribution on a pilot basis at the rate of 100 gm (4 pieces) per day per mother for one month free of cost.

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Distribution Plan: Improve Nutrition Intake Among Poor Lactating Mothers

According to Ms. Sooraj, the state government has identified 1,615 malnourished lactating women who live in tribal areas and coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram for conducting a pilot study of the product. These women will be provided with a supplementary nutrition kit containing 120 cookies each. They are required to eat four cookies per day. These women will be examined frequently for one month and constant feedbacks will be taken from them about taste, texture, change in nutrition intake and others. After testing the efficacy of the product during the pilot, changes in the ingredients, taste and weight of cookies will be made as per the requirement and then the process of identifying the needy women and distribution in other districts will begin.

As part of the initiative, the government of Kerala will be providing 120 cookies to beneficiary lactating mother per month for six months to encourage them to practise exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of childbirth.

Status Of Exclusive Breastfeeding Practise In Kerala

The fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS IV), conducted in 2015-16 shows that in Kerala, exclusive breastfeeding for newborns is at 53.3 per cent which has decreased by almost 3 per cent from the NFHS III (2005-06) figure of 56.2 per cent. However, if compared with the national average of 46.6 per cent, the state of Kerala is performing better in terms of exclusive breastfeeding of babies upto six months.

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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