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Lessons from Sri Krishna Tales in Breast feeding and Infant Care

Think of Lord Krishna and the images that come to our mind is that of him rendering the Bhagavad Gita and then that of the naughty pranks played by little Krishna. Dr Hemant Joshi, an activist and a pediatrician from Maharashtra, thinks that Gopal Krishna has left enough hints regarding the importance of breast feeding and infant care in the stories associated with him in the Bhagavad Purana.

He illustrates his points with examples from Bhagavad Purana

On the concept of modern breast-feeding banks, he said that if a mother’s milk is insufficient for her infant, then the child can be provided with the milk of another mother like Yasoda did it for Krishna. (The Newindpress)

Dr Hemant Joshi says feeding bottle is like Demon Putana who came to kill Krishna with poisoned milk.

Putana as an evil character here represents the feeding bottle and as the little Krishna had taken up the cause, every one of us should fight against feeding bottles and baby food, he added. (The Newindpress)

Makhanchori, says Dr. Hemant Joshi, indicates if the food supplements are provided in plenty, children will not be interested in taking food outside their reach risking their own lives.

In India, there is no better ambassador than Gopal Krishna who can drive home valuable lessons in breast feeding, malnutrition and infant care.