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Breastfeeding and breast cancer updates amid COVID-19

Breastfeeding is a key component not only from a nutrition point of view for infants but also improves neonatal survival and reduces morbidity significantly. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to 2 years and beyond. 

Breastfeeding promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the infant from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia and chronic diseases later in life. Mothers who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers and better health and wellbeing. Breastfeeding is a secure way of feeding.

However, people all over the world have been concerned regarding breastfeeding since the pandemic broke out. There have been doubts about whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus to their infant or young child through breastfeeding. Even after they take the vaccine, some lactating mothers are concerned about breastfeeding due to a lack of proper guidance.

Breast cancer has been another huge concern amid the pandemic. The treatment procedures used in breast cancer like chemotherapy and immunotherapy can make the immune system weak thereby giving the external forces like the SARS-CoV-2 virus an edge over the immune system. This may leave people with breast cancer at a higher risk of complications.

MedPiper Technologies and JournoMed are conducting a webinar to promote awareness about breastfeeding and breast cancer in the setting of the pandemic. The event will be held on 3rd August, Tuesday, 6 pm. Interested candidates can join the event by registering for it here. E-Certificates will be provided to the participants. For more details, participants may contact soumya@medpiper.com / 9080078447. 

 Expert Speakers:

  • Dr Priya Radhakrishnan MBBS, MD, DGO(O&G), MRCOG(UK), Certified Lactation Consultant- The Palakkad District Hospital & Research Centre, Susrutha Fertility Centre, Palakkad
  • Ms Roopa Selvanayaki Senthilnathan, Founder – Amirtham Breast Milk Donation Drive 
  • Dr R Sureshkumar MD RT, Radiation Oncologist, Clinical Director and CEO – Bangalore Cancer Centre, Consultant – Erode Cancer Centre

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