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April 7, 2016

Breastfeeding: The best immuniser for infants

Breastfeeding has endless benefits for the baby, the mother, in fact the entire family. Breast milk best suits and constantly adapts to the child's needs and requirements. It not only protects the child from infections and allergies but also reduces the risk of diabetes, heart diseases and obesity later in life. With mothers weaning their new-borns early from breastfeeding and introducing artificial milk before the first 6 months, thereby predisposing the infant to health risks, calls for an urgent need to reiterate and reinforce breastfeeding as an absolute necessity.

Breast milk is your baby’s first and best immunisation. Six months of exclusive breast feeding and thereafter as long as the mother desires helps fight diseases like allergies, asthma, necrotising enterocolitis and many other infections thereby providing lifelong medical insurance cover for your child.

Dr Anita Sharma (P.T.)

Lactation consultant, IBCLC,USA
Infant and young child feeding counsellor. BPNI(india) UNICEF WHO Doula
Child Birth Educator. Lamaze international, USA
Physical therapist. BPT ,Delhi university, SRPT,UK

Dr Sharma has been passionately working with women for over 28 years providing information, support and solutions during pregnancy ,labor and post birth issues. After graduating from Delhi university as a physical therapist she worked at the Cheltanham General Hospital ,U.K. She set up and managed five physiotherapy departments at various hospitals in South Delhi after returning to India.
Her adult teaching and training skills which she acquired as a professor in sports physiotherapy at IGIPESS, Delhi University enables her to provide comfort to young couples during her Lamaze sessions . She has attended over a hundred births supporting women go through the hard work of labor as a birth Doula. Her in depth knowledge of biomechanics and physiology of birth helps her to design preventive programs for women in areas of pelvic related disorders ,incontinence and orthopedics.
In order to complete the help she provides to a young mother, Anita certified as a lactation consultant by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. Working with mothers and surrogate/adopted babies to establish lactation is her special area of interest. Her past experience of working in NICU's as a physical therapist helps her to work easily with premies and neonates .Along with the team at Fortis La Femme she has worked to set up the first Human Milk bank in Delhi.

Dr Anjila Aneja

Head, Minimal Access and Gynaecology,
Fortis la femme, GK2,
New Delhi

Currently heading Minimal Access and Gynaecology department as Director at Fortis La Femme. Dr. Anjila Aneja was a Lead Consultant and Head unit II, Max Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a total clinical experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology 25 years. She did her M. B. B. S. from Rohtak Medical College, Rohtak, M.D. (Obs & Gyn) from PGIMER, Chandigarh, DNB (Obs & Gyn) from National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, MRCOG (UK) from Royal College of Obs & Gyn, London, Diploma In Pelvic Laparoscopy from Keil School Of Endoscopic Surgery , Germany & Gisson School Of Endoscopic Surgery , Germany and awarded FRCOG (UK) from Royal college of Obst & Gynaecologist ,London (UK). Has rich experience in handling OPD, high risk obstetric cases, and routinely caters to major & minor laparoscopic & Hysteroscopy surgeries.She is performing all advanced laparoscopic & Hysteroscopic surgeries from last 16 years & presented many papers & videos in International Conferances. Started career with Safderjung Hosital as Jr.Resident in 1989,then worked for PGMER Chandigarh,Lady harding hospital, Mater Infirmorum, Belfast ,Moolchand Hospital,Apollo Hosital & formaly with Max Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket and Max Panchsheel as Unit Head 2. Member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Interests in High risks pregnancy & Medical Disorders in pregnancy, Major & Minor Surgical Procedures (Obs & Gynaecology), All Major and minor Laparoscopic and Hystroscopic surgeries and Female Sexual Health. She is a Life member of AOGD and FOGSI, NARCHI, Gynecological Endoscopic society – New Delhi, Indian Gynecological Endoscopy Society, Endometriosis society of India College Council. She has received Gold Medal for being Best Graduate for year 1987, Inderjeet Dewan Gold Medal for being first in practical Anatomy First Prof. January 1985, Physiology society Gold Medal for being First in practical Physiology in first Prof. January 1985 Bronze Medal for being second in Biochemistry First Prof. January1985.

Dr Raghuram Mallaiah

Director Neonatology, Fortis la femme,
GK2, New Delhi

Working as a Head & Director of Neonatology department in Fortis La Femme. Dr Raghuram Mallaiah, Neonatologist trained at the Hammersmith Hospital - London, is a full time consultant at Fortis La Femme born on April 04, 1971. Graduated from the Bangalore Medical College, India in 1993 and did his MRCP Pediatrics (London, UK). He has been a Fellow in Neonatology Hammersmith Hospital Imperial College London, UK, Fellow in PICU, Newcastle General Hospital (Regional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for the northern region), Newcastle upon Tyne Registrar in Neonatology, Royal Victoria Infirmary (Tertiary referral unit for Northern UK and ECMO unit), Newcastle upon Tyne, Registrar in Neonatology, North Tees General Hospital, Stockton on Tees and SHO in Neonatology, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter. He has performed numerous of Resuscitation, Intubation and ventilation of new born infants. He has specialization in performing UAC’s and Peripheral Arterial lines, done Numerous of Chest drain insertion Lumbar Puncture and done lots Insertion of long lines. He has done Several Exchange Transfusions for rhesus incompatibility in the newborn also done partial exchange transfusions for babies with symptomatic polycythemia. He is a Specialist in performing and interpreting Cranial USS, Transfer of Sick Neonates, and Ventricular Taps in babies with Hydrocephalus and Air Evacuations. His research and publication are on Effect of Long-term TPN on the Neonatal Brain, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in the Northern Region, Management of Diabetic Ketoaciosis in Children, Self-Management plan booklet, Neonatal longline Audit on the neonatal unit at NTGH to establish the longline related sepsis rate & average duration of the longlines, Asthma management audit, The Physical Disability Survey, Effect of Parenteral Nutrition on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain in preterm infants. Mallaiah R, Edwards D: Neonatal society of England, November 2003, Changing trends in prematurity, Azzopardi D, Mallaiah R: RCOG annual meet, London, December 2003, Recent advances in neonatology, Mallaiah R, RCOG annual meet, New Delhi, March 2005, Neonatal Resuscitation, Mallaiah R, AOGD annual meet, New Delhi, November 2005 and Effect of TPN on the developing Neonatal Brain, Mallaiah R, S Counsell, M Rutherford, E Maalouf, Edwards D: Journal of Human embryology and development, Nov 2003.

Dr Tripat Choudhary


Dr. Tripat Choudhary completed her MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College; New Delhi in 1974 following which she did her MD, Obstetric & Gynaecology also from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1981. Subsequently, held faculty positions at Holy Family Hospital, Delhi & Batra Hospital, Delhi. She has over 25 years’ experience of obstetrics with special interest in high-risk obstetrics. She is well versed with major & minor gynecological procedures and has a keen interest in Gynae-oncology.

Dr Geetika Gangwani (PT)

Lactation consultant, IBCLC,USA
Infant and young child feeding counsellor, BPNI (India) UNICEF WHO
Child Birth Educator. Childbirth International
Breastfeeding counsellor. Childbirth International
Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Hypnobirthing Institute, USA
Women’s health Physiotherapist

IYCF, BPNI, Education Manager on Breastfeeding, Medela India. She is a Post Graduate M.Sc. in obstetrics and gynecological nursing.