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Why you might want to put down the baby books...

Abi Rangecroft

Why you might want to put down the baby books...

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Breastfeeding rate in Scotland increases

Abi Rangecroft

Breastfeeding rate in Scotland increases

The number of babies being breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks in Scotland has increased from 36% in 2001/02 to 42% in 2017/18. Article taken from BBC News Scotland This comes after Scotland became the first country in the UK to receive 100% Baby Friendly accreditation in maternity and community services.However, figures show breastfeeding rates in Scotland still fall far short of recommended levels.The Scottish government is investing an additional £2m for breastfeeding support, almost doubling funding.The statistics from Infant Feeding Statistics Scotland revealed that 64% of of babies born in Scotland in 2017/18 were "ever" breastfed - breastfed for...

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Many mothers need support to breastfeed

Abi Rangecroft

Many mothers need support to breastfeed

Lisa Robinson says she was unable to breastfeed her child and Dr Claire Ingham adds that breastfeeding is a learned skill that western women are poorly taught Article taken from The Guardian I read your article stating that England’s low breastfeeding rates were due to advice going unheeded (Report, 25 October) and, as a mother who didn’t breastfeed, I wanted to respond.I did not just heed the advice to breastfeed, I pored over it. Even now, more than a decade later, I can recall with absolute clarity a vision of my younger self excitedly reading pregnancy books. I devoured the...

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Breast-Feeding Is Good for the Mother, and Not Just the Baby

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Breast-Feeding Is Good for the Mother, and Not Just the Baby

Women who breast-feed are less likely to develop breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis and may have improved cardiovascular health. Article from the NY Times Most women know breast-feeding is good for their babies’ health. But doctors and midwives rarely tell moms-to-be that it’s also good for nursing mothers.Nursing mothers reduce their relative risk of breast cancer by 4.3 percent for every 12 months they breast-feed, in addition to a relative decrease of 7 percent for each birth. Breast-feeding is particularly protective against some of the most aggressive tumors, called hormone receptor-negative or triple-negative tumors, which...

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More mothers quick to stop breastfeeding

Abi Rangecroft

More mothers quick to stop breastfeeding

Article from The Times The number of mothers who are breastfeeding their babies when they are six weeks old is falling, according to health officials.Only 42.7 per cent of mothers were nursing their babies at that age in 2017-18, down from 44.4 per cent the year before, according to figures from Public Health England.Rates were shown to vary across England. Eight in ten babies were being breastfed at six weeks in Tower Hamlets, east London, compared with fewer than one in five in Knowsley, Merseyside.The World Health Organisation recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of...

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