Swati (Bhide) Temkar

Educational Qualification:

  • B. Com from Mumbai University (1992)
  • Certified as Mother Support Counsellor by BPNI Maharashtra in Dec 2002
  • Certified as IYCN (Infant & Young Child Nutrition) Level 1 Trainer in 2006 (Lead Trainer for Level 1 since 2008)
  • Certified as BFHI Assessor in 2009
  • Certified as Level 2 Trainer in 2010
  • Passed IBLCE (International Board Lactation Consultant Exam) in Oct 2010 & certified as IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

Professional Details:

  • Working with Dr Prashant Gangal (Pediatrician) as Clinical Assistant since Feb 2000
  • Attached to Shree Surgical and Maternity Home, Malad as Breastfeeding Counsellor since Aug 2003
  • Worked with BPNI (Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India) Maharashtra as Programme Manager, Dec 2006 – Dec 2013
  • Attached to L. T. M. G. Hospital (Sion Hospital), Sion Mumbai as Breastfeeding (Mother Support) Counsellor,  Oct 2009 to Aug 2013
  • Attached to S. L. Raheja (A fortis Associates) Hospital, Mahim as a Lactation Consultant since August 2012
  • Attached to Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri as a Lactation Consultant since January 2015
  • Home Visits
  • Online Skype call

Specialization: Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)

  • Trained as Mother Support Counsellor & IYCN Trainer by Dr. Prashant Gangal and Dr. Sanjay Prabhu
  • More than 10000 hours of experience in one to one counseling of mothers in IYCN, Growth Monitoring, Immunization, Newborn Caring Practices, ORS and Primary Care during common illnesses
  • Participated as faculty member in multiple training workshops for doctors, nurses & health workers (Both Governmental & Non-Governmental) all over Maharashtra in collaboration with UNICEF. More than 100 Days spent in the field for training under ‘Hirkani IYCN Initiative’ and also in the State of Jharkhand and Gujarat in collaboration with local State Government and Unicef office
  • Participated as a delegate with World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in Global Breastfeeding Partners Forum, Penang, Malaysia in Oct 2010
  • As Programme Manager at BPNI Maharashtra office, coordinated ‘Hirkani IYCN Initiative’ for 8 Districts (Kolhapur and Kokan Region) with Govt of Maharashtra
  • Expert for community awareness drives
  • Member of Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)
  • Home visits for mothers with Breastfeeding problems
  • Anchored a 3 hour programme (Winners Meet for cancer patients) for NKDCF (N. K. Dhabar Cancer Foundation) on 24th June 2012.
  • Participated as a Faculty member (Topic: Cancer Preventation, Diet and Lifestyle) at seminar for Mumbai Police and their Family members on occasion of World Cancer Day (Programme on 9th Feb 2013).


  • Special Editorial Assistance in preparing 2nd edition of Level 1 IYCN Marathi Module for UNICEF Maharashtra
  • Participated in translating 2nd edition of Level 1 IYCN Marathi Module to Hindi version for Jharkhand and Chhattisgrah UNICEF
  • Contributed to preparation of IEC Material for Level 2 IYCN Workshops for BPNI Maharashtra.