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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

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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