New Delhi, January 08, 2018: According to National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-16), 41.6 percent of children in the country under age 3 years were breastfed within one hour of birth. State/UT wise details are given below:

Children under age 3 years breastfed within one hour of birth (%) – NFHS-4 (2015-16)

Serial

No.

State /UTs Children under age 3 years breastfed within one hour of birth (in %)
1  Andaman and Nicobar Islands 41.9
2  Andhra Pradesh 40.1
3  Arunachal Pradesh 58.7
4 Assam 64.4
5 Bihar 34.9
6 Chandigarh 33.5
7 Chhattisgarh 47.1
8 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 47.8
9 Daman and Diu 55.8
10 Delhi 29.1
11 Goa 73.3
12 Gujarat 50.0
13 Haryana 42.4
14 Himachal Pradesh 41.1
15 Jammu and Kashmir 46.0
16 Jharkhand 33.2
17 Karnataka 56.4
18 Kerala 64.3
19 Lakshadweep 54.3
20 Madhya Pradesh 34.5
21 Maharashtra 57.5
22 Manipur 65.4
23 Meghalaya 60.6
24 Mizoram 70.2
25 Nagaland 53.2
26 Odisha 68.6
27 Puducherry 65.3
28 Punjab 30.7
29 Rajasthan 28.4
30 Sikkim 66.5
31 Tamil Nadu 54.7
32 Telangana 37.1
33 Tripura 44.4
34 Uttarakhand 27.8
35 Uttar Pradesh 25.2
36 West Bengal 47.5
Note: Based on the last child born in the 5 years before the survey.

Source: NFHS-4 (2015-16) factsheets.

Further, according to the data uploaded by the States /UTs on the Health Management Information system (HMIS) portal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 1,83,10,666 newborns in the country were breastfed within one hour of birth during 2016-17. State/UT wise details are given below:

States/UTs wise number of newborns breastfed within one hour of birth during 2016-17

Serial No. States/UTs Number of Newborns breastfed within 1 hour of birth
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 4,023
2 Andhra Pradesh 7,03,848
3 Arunachal Pradesh 4,090
4 Assam 5,93,534
5 Bihar 19,77,535
6 Chandigarh 21,026
7 Chhattisgarh 4,48,049
8 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 6,120
9 Daman and  Diu 1,973
10 Delhi 1,98,179
11 Goa 13,054
12 Gujarat 10,62,720
13 Haryana 4,31,994
14 Himachal Pradesh 77,536
15 Jammu and Kashmir 1,74,133
16 Jharkhand 6,62,536
17 Karnataka 8,61,440
18 Kerala 4,27,907
19 Lakshadweep 800
20 Madhya Pradesh 12,84,984
21 Maharashtra 15,68,169
22 Manipur 34,832
23 Meghalaya 76,049
24 Mizoram 18,548
25 Nagaland 18,160
26 Odisha 5,80,439
27 Puducherry 34,077
28 Punjab 3,02,988
29 Rajasthan 12,70,703
30 Sikkim 5,590
31 Tamil Nadu 5,02,415
32 Telangana 3,56,685
33 Tripura 46,800
34 Uttar Pradesh 33,06,965
35 Uttarakhand 1,29,799
36 West Bengal 10,92,966
Source-Data as uploaded by the  States /UTs on HMIS portal (Status as on 22.12 2017)

MoHFW has implemented a nationwide programme called “Mother’s Absolute Affection (MAA)” under National Health Mission for promotion of breastfeeding practices.

  • Capacity building of health staffs and Accredited Social Health Activists(ASHAs) in appropriate breastfeeding practices combined with 360 degree IEC (Information Education Communication) / BCC (Behaviour Change Communication) activities for breastfeeding promotion is under taken under this programme.
  • In addition, carrying out of village level mothers’ meeting by ASHAs is one of the key activities of this MAA programme which aim to increase awareness about the importance of breastfeeding among women in India by community participation.
  • MAA programme envisages the promotion of breastfeeding in health facilities as well as communities by making women aware as well providing skilled counselling support for appropriate breastfeeding practices.
  • Breastfeeding promotion is being taken as a core thematic area during Ante Natal Care counselling to pregnant mothers and during Village Health and Nutrition Days meetings.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today.