ACCESS Health at the 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium: Are small and sick babies receiving mother’s own milk in public and private sector Neonatal Intensive Care Units in India

ACCESS Health was recently invited to share learnings from India on quality improvement as part of the 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium in Paris. Ajitkumar Sudke, ACCESS Health India’s Director of Quality and Process Improvement and head of our Safe Care, Saving Lives program shared preliminary findings from a research study taking place in three Indian hospital neonatal intensive care units. The research identifies some of the bottlenecks and challenges that prevent mothers from feeding newborns breastmilk. It also describes strategies to overcome those challenges, including identifying culturally acceptable and easily adoptable quality indicators that can be measured to ensure adequate early initiation of breastmilk feeding and continued supply of breastmilk in babies admitted to neonatal intensive care units. Developing and using digital data collection tools to improve the collection of data related to current feeding practices was also discussed in detail. Download the ACCESS Health poster here and visit the conference website for more information.