New mothers in Solihull are being encouraged to breastfeed their babies in support of World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from Tuesday 1 to Monday 7 August 2017.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and wellbeing, having long-term benefits for babies lasting right into adulthood. Breastfed babies have less chance of getting diarrhoea and vomiting and experience fewer chest and ear infections. They are also less likely to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect as it is designed perfectly for your baby’s needs. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.
Sue Nicholls, Chief Nurse at NHS Solihull CCG said, “Where mums can breastfeed it is recommended, as it can reduce a baby’s risk of infections. Breastfeeding also has great benefits for mums as it can lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Whilst breastfeeding can create a strong bond between mother and child, we recognise that it is not always right for everyone as there could be a medical reason that prevents breastfeeding.”
For more information about breastfeeding, visit www.nhs.uk and search ‘breastfeeding’
For more information on World Breastfeeding Week visit http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org.