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  • collettec 1:14 pm on 22nd October 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Supporting women to Breastfeed 

    The cost to the Health service could be reduced and a new report indicates that by increasing Breastfeeding rates in the UK could provide a return in a few years even a year. This is because of the protective effect Breastfeeding has, the report showed evidence suggesting that five illnesses; Breast cancer in the mother, gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, middle ear infections and necrotising enterocolitis in the baby.

    The report shows that even a moderate increase in Breastfeeding would reduce costs to the NHS. Part of the Pregnancy Outreach Support role is to give information and support around Breastfeeding. Many of the clients we see that want to Breastfeed always give up in the early days or before they leave the hospital.

    Due to the lack of support when they most need it due to having to ask for support, feeling a nuicance and being embarrassed.

    Although we do see these clients in the early days and can support with these issues if they want but, many, after having their baby just want to spend this precious time with them and their families.

    Only when our clients are socially isolated or have no family or friends do we support in hospital and the client has to want this support. This is when we can really make an impact, however, there needs to be a designated Breastfeeding support worker on wards not on certain days not on call but every day and during the night.

    Only when the women have established Breastfeeding and are happy with support and it continues immediately after will these women continue to Breastfeed. Hopefully this report will enable investment in effective services to increase and sustain Breastfeeding rates.

  • collettec 9:28 pm on 18th October 2012 Permalink | Reply

    UNICEF Breastfeeding Report 

    A report published today shows that the NHS could save £40m a year.  The report identifies the need for consistent quality support  services for mothers that want to Breastfeed.

    Follow the link below to read the report



  • farzanabi 2:14 pm on 12th October 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Breastmilk overall is a healthier choice and contains natural ingredients, that are not just supplements found in formula. Breastfeeding has also been proven to reduce the risk of babies developing allergies. Breastfeeding can also reduce the number of and severity of conditions such as ear infections, bacterial meningitis and has even been proven to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and asthma. (www.womenshealth.gov › AZ Health Topics).

    Below is the link to; an interview with a new mom-to-be, on how and why this mom found breastfeeding so important. (the following clip is in Urdu)

  • collettec 9:19 am on 9th October 2012 Permalink | Reply  


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  • collettec 9:03 am on 9th October 2012 Permalink | Reply  



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