Mother in Tamil Nadu need not wait to feed their newborns any more. The state has 352 breastfeeding rooms at bus stands now, to help them feed their children. The state has also launched milk banks in 7 hospitals. Here’s more.
Here is some good news for mothers in Tamil Nadu. You no more need to wait till you reach your destination or hide somewhere in the corner, to breastfeed your child.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated separate rooms for lactating mothers in 352 bus terminals across the state, via video conferencing on Monday.
The rooms have steel seats, a dust bin, drinking water facility, fan and a toilet. A small table and a bench will also be placed in the rooms where mothers can keep their belongings without any hassle while feeding their newborns.
Apart from breastfeeding rooms, the CM also launched Mother’s Milk Banks in seven government hospitals including Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore, Theni, Salem and Thanjavur and Egmore.
These hospitals will be equipped to preserve milk donated by the mothers for three months.
The stored milk will be given to babies who are unable to get milk from their mothers. Each hospital has been given a fund of Rs. 10 lakh to set up the facility.
Launch of the two initiatives was perfectly timed with the World Breast Feeding Week (August 1-7). ‘Breastfeeding and Work-Let’s Make it Work’ is this year’s theme for the seven-day breastfeeding week.
“Through this initiative the health of babies will be safeguarded and avoid child mortality,” the release said.
The initiative is expected to help mothers who have to wait at bus terminals while travelling and are unable to feed their children on time.