Vaccination is a topic which confuses most of the parents, especially the first time ones. And to a large extent this results from various schedules being followed in our country. More precisely, the schedules are same but recommendations are not uniformly followed across public and private sectors. Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) issues recommendations for vaccinations on a regular basis, where in they also specify that certain vaccines are meant for only high risk children or if parents plan. Many practitioners refer to these vaccines as optional vaccines. On the other hand, our Public sector hospitals are not administering all the vaccines which are under recommended list by IAP and they have an abridged version of vaccine schedule which is referred to as Universal Immunisation Programme(UIP). Confusion amongst the parents in private sector is increased when few practitioners mention all vaccines other than UIP as optional, which is not the case.
Right from the Vedic times to the present day, literature is full of the bounties of breast milk. Whether it is a book on medicine, health, a poem or a story, breast-feeding is glorified and often associated with feelings of love, sacrifice and strength. Whenever the Rajput warriors went to battle, they used to swear by their mother’s milk. If someone proved a coward in battle, he was said to have disgraced his mother’s milk.