New Delhi: In a heart-warming trend for the country, recent data shows an increase in the number of mother who breastfeed their babies initially and sustained them for six months and more.
As per data from the Union health ministry, initial breastfeeding has nearly doubled in the past decade — from 23.4% in 2005-06 to 41.6% in 2015-16. "Exclusive breastfeeding as proportion of children under the age of six months has gone up to 54.9% (2015-16) from 46.4% (2005-06)," read a statement from the ministry.
The health ministry further added that to improve the scope of initial breastfeeding rates, there are plans to have lactation management centres in public hospitals. "This will ensure that sick and pre-term babies are fed with safe human breast milk," said an official.