The positive effects of breastfeeding your baby

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DOCOR CALLING: By Dr Kevin Hill

This year’s National Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity for mothers, supporters of breastfeeding and health professionals to share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities.

The week-long celebration of breastfeeding will provide the chance for local communities to share their own events with others. Public Health England, NHS England, the National Infant Feeding Network and the Royal College of Midwives will be supporting local and regional celebration events by the sharing of local resources on their websites and via social media #celebratebreastfeeding.

According to the NHS Choices website, breastfeeding is recommended for around the first six months of a baby’s life and is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Breastfed babies have less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result. They experience fewer chest and ear infections, and are less likely to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

“Breastfeeding can have a positive effect, although it is important to recognise it is not for everyone,” explains Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG.

“For those mums who do breastfeed there can be various benefits, including a lowering of the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

“Breastfeeding also uses up to 500 calories a day, and can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby.

“Equally, there are a number of reasons why some mums choose not to breastfeed and you can wait until you’ve had your baby to decide whether to or not.

“Your midwife, health visitor or GP will be able to help provide you with further advice.”

For more information on National Breastfeeding Week, visit the Royal College of Midwives website. For more information on breastfeeding visit the NHS Choices website.