Profile Summary

Medical Qualifications:

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Basic Life Support Provider (American Heart Association)
  • Infant & Young Child Feeding Trainer (IYCF), UNICEF
  • Certified Mother Support Counselor Leader (Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India), Maharashtra
  • Master's in Food Science and Nutrition, SNDT University
  • B.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics, SNDT University

Designation: Consultant, Lactation

Years of experience: 13 years 

Areas of expertise:

Antenatal Counselling for Pregnant women & family about Breasfeeding

  • Importance of breastfeeding for both infant and mother

  • The 4 recommendations for infant feeding

  • Types of clothing (mother’s) that allow easy access to the breast for the baby as well as provide skin to skin contact

  • Importance of early initiation of breastfeeding

  • Importance of rooming-in and on-demand feeding

  • Recognizing early feeding cues

  • Checking adequacy of breast-milk intake (urine output frequency, weight monitoring, etc.)

  • Helping working mothers develop a sustainable breastfeeding plan

  • Talking about common myths regarding breastfeeding and complementary feeding

  • A practical demonstration of breastfeeding techniques (positioning and attachment) and expression using tools such as a breast model and a baby sized doll which can imparts skill and confidence

  • Teaching hand expression technique to prevent engorgement, mastitis and abscesses

  • Causes of cracked nipple and ways to prevent it

Colostrum harvesting in Antenatal for Diabetic mother, for Cleft palate / lip baby

  • Where milk coming in could be delay or where baby cannot suck effectively due oral defect Harvested colostrum can be used for baby for their 1st feeds

Induce lactation for Adoptive parents

  • Helping to bond with baby, feeling of normal lactation

Postnatal Counseling session (PNC)

  • Routine Breastfeeding Support & Counseling: Positioning and Attachment, Assessing adequacy, expression and storage of Breastmilk
  • Breast Conditions (e.g.: Engorgement, blocked duct, etc.) and Nipple Problems (e.g.: Cracked Nipple, flat nipple)
  • Relactation
  • Cessation of Formula feeding (Back to Breast from bottle)
  • Helping mothers to breastfeeding babies with special needs: Twins, cleft lip and palate Ankyloglossia (Tongue tie), etc.
  • NICU: Special help and counseling in position / attachment / expression / storage
  • Counseling about: Appropriate time (When) to start and introduce complementary feeding, What/How/When/Where to complementary feed

Introduction:

Dr Mansi Shah is passionate about Maternal child & Nutrition and wants to help all mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.  

We all agree that breastfeeding plays an integral role in mother and baby’s life not only in terms of nutrition but also in nurture & care and Emotional well begin of the dyad. 

For infants, breastfeeding provides them an optimal nutrition and health, growth and development (both cognitive and physical)  and first step towards reaching and attaining  its fullest  genetical potential.  

For mother – breastfeeding provides equal number of health benefits. It helps mother to bond to their babies  thus providing tremendous joy and satisfaction of being good mother leading to lifelong memorable experience. It also prevents mother from having guilt feeling of formula and bottle feeding to their babies.  

As Healthy plant, gives healthy fruits, healthy seed and next generation healthy sapling and plant , so is the mother – healthy mother healthy child , healthy adult , healthy future parent so on.

Awards & Publications:

Awards & Publications:

  • Co-Author of Chapter “Antenatal Preparation” in book by IAP –IYCF  “Essentials of Maternal, Infant, Young Child & Adolescent Nutrition” 

 

Memberships:

Memberships:

  • Life member of Indian Dietetics Association (IDA)
  • Life member of Breastfeeding Promotion network of India Maharashtra (BPNI, Maharashtra)
  • International lactation Consultant association member (ILCA)
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