Breastfeeding helps to mature a baby’s gut, avoid infection, reduces the risk of necrotising enterocolitis and encourages neurological development. Milk from the baby’s mother or a donor has the same effect.
Evidence shows that non-breast fed babies are five times more likely to be admitted to hospital for gastroenteritis and are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is also more likely that they will go on to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eczema, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) as adults. Breastfeeding women have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, postnatal depression and weak bones in later life. Any mum or mum-to-be who wants more information about breastfeeding should speak to their midwife or health visitor.
Mum to Mum Support Makes Breastfeeding Easier
Mums who want to breastfeed but are finding it challenging can gain support from an army of helpers across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire called Peer Supporters. Click here to read the full story...