Nearly 60 per cent of children below three years of age in India are denied of ‘first immunization’ in form of the first milk of their mother, according to a new report by child rights body CRY.

Colostrum is the first form of milk produced immediately following the delivery of baby. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against diseases. It is considered the most effective, naturally available and least expensive life-saver ever.

According to a report prepared by ‘Child Rights and You’, taking data from the latest NFHS survey in 2015-16, three in every five children in India have been denied colostrum.

“Nearly 60 per cent of children below three years are denied of their ‘first immunization’ – as colostrum (the first milk of the mother) feeding is commonly referred to – as in medical terms it is the most effective, naturally available and least expensive life-saver ever,” the report said.

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