Now, nursing students in Rajasthan will undergo mandatory training in mother milk management for 72 hours as it has been included in their practical curriculum.
The nursing students will be trained at mothers’ milk bank, mothers’ milk clinic and lactation management. This will help curb IMR and other existing child related problems.
In efforts to curb infant mortality rate (IMR), neonatal mortality rate (NMR) and malnutrition in the state, Rajasthan government has included mother’s milk management in the nursing course.
Currently Rajasthan has 19 human milk banks in 17 district hospitals, including in Beawar (Ajmer) Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bhilwara, Bharatpur, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dholpur, Jalore, Karauli, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi and Tonk, at Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College in Udaipur, and at Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Jaipur run by the Norway Government. This revolutionary Mother milk bank setup is the biggest in Asia which was established by previous government under Vasundhara Raje’s visionary.
By including the General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) practical course in government nursing schools, the nursing students will have to undergo 72 hours training in second and final year during the 3.5 years duration course.
The nursing students will be imparted training on lactation management for three days and counselling and training to mothers for breastfeeding. Students will be coached at breastfeeding clinic and six days in mother milk bank, where nursing students will be trained for flushing out milk and storing it for neonates who could be in need of mother’s milk.