Project field coordinator Vruddhi visited Shilpa, in a village in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, to advise this young mother and her agricultural worker family on the practice of exclusive breastfeeding, to teach them how to monitor the baby’s growth and explain to them how important it is. so that Shilpa eats nutrient rich food.
During their visit, they discovered that Shilpa’s nutrition was compromised due to misunderstandings regarding the socio-cultural context. When they came, Shilpa was weak and sick. This was the second time she had fallen ill since giving birth. This situation is worrying because Shilpa is at risk of experiencing malnutrition at a time when her nutritional needs are high.
Shilpa’s mother advises her to eat semolina instead (suji) to facilitate digestion and improve intestinal transit. After giving birth, Shilpa ate only semolina for three months. Although semolina is good for new mothers, not eating other foods will lead to deficiencies. The field coordinator advised him to add green vegetables, fruits, lentils, millet or whole wheat bread and rice, among others, to his daily diet.
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