COVER STORY: Breast Feeding - An Overview And The Role Of Physios As Lactation Consultants - DR.POORNIMA P S

Women’s health issues are like an abstract painting where its perception is upon the discretion of the health professional. One such issue which is often noticed but less understood is ‘Breastfeeding’. So what is about breastfeeding when it is such a natural phenomenon?

For the vast majority of women breast feeding is not an instinctive activity, but rather an art     which mother and baby have to learn together. For those who succeed, it can be an experience of closeness and nurturing which will remain with the woman for the rest of her life - it is the logical continuation of conception, pregnancy and birth.

When a toddler calls out ‘mama’ the very first meaningful word towards the mother, it is such a joy. Amazingly the word ‘mama’ is derived from mammary gland so called breast. Breast milk is all the nutrition a newborn needs after birth till the age of months.

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