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Breastfeeding anthem ‘Uyirthuli’ released – The Hindu

The fifth International Breastfeeding Conference was organized by Chennai-based Nectar Healthcare Services, which was marked by the release of the breastfeeding anthem “Uyirthuli”.

The fifth International Breastfeeding Conference was organized by Chennai-based Nectar Healthcare Services, which was marked by the release of the breastfeeding anthem “Uyirthuli”.

J. Radhakrishnan, secretary of the Department of Cooperation, Food and Consumer Protection, released “Uyirthuli”, a hymn to raise awareness about breastfeeding on Saturday.

Filmmaker Sadanandam was present at the launch.

Speaking at the launch of the anthem at the Fifth International Breastfeeding Conference by Nectar Integrated Health Services, Dr Radhakrishnan said various government agencies should coordinate to promote infant nutrition. “We have more than 20 breast milk banks. We need to create awareness. We need to guide mothers to use the infrastructure created by the government for breastfeeding,” he said.

School psychologist Saranya Jaikumar, a member of the Tamil Nadu Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights, stressed the need for initiatives to protect the rights of breastfed infants.

The conference theme is: “Breastfeeding: The Inevitable Paradigm Shift from Mere Tradition to Medical Necessity,” according to Ramya Ramachandran, Founder of Nectar Integrated Health Services Pvt. ltd. and chief organizer of the conference.

Conference participants discussed the gradual shift in public opinion towards breastfeeding from “the positive and indispensable tradition of motherhood of yesteryear to the trivial and inconsequential choice that it is today”. It was in response to this misguided narrative that the International Breastfeeding Conference was first conceived in 2018.

The conference was born out of a desire to lift the science of breastfeeding out of its current rusty confines into the exalted and rightful position it once held within the concept of motherhood. Participants said that breastfeeding should be normalized, that every individual, regardless of age, ability and background, should voluntarily uphold the fundamental right of all children born in this world to be held and breastfed. Breastfeeding is not an isolated problem that an individual faces; it was a medical and social problem. The conference aimed to make breastfeeding a natural occurrence backed by compelling scientific evidence and research.

Distinguished conference speakers and panelists discussed topics relating to their respective areas of expertise, with the common goal of bridging the gap between scientific evidence and practical application.