Five years ago, Hina Shaikh, 28, delivered her second baby boy, a healthy 3.5 kg at birth. But within a week he had lost a kilo — the infant simply refused breastmilk. Shaikh, who lives with her family in Shrirampur, an industrial town in Maharshtra’s Ahmednagar district, remembers being overcome by anxiety and guilt.

Shaikh was so distressed she stopped eating. “I felt it is my fault, that I am a bad mother,” she told […]

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