21 June 2010
Annual breastfeeding awareness week
Aberdeen's maternity hospital is hosting a breastfeeding tea party today [Monday, June 21] to mark the annual Breastfeeding Week 2010.
The hospital's parenthood department is hoping breastfeeding mothers will take the chance to come along and meet other breastfeeding families.
Joanne Riach is breastfeeding co-ordinator for NHS Grampian. She said: "Breastfeeding has lots of health benefits for both mum and baby which can protect a baby against many childhood illnesses like tummy upsets and chest and ear infections.
"Babies who are breastfed are also less likely to suffer from allergies, asthma and eczema, and evidence suggests it may also improve a baby's learning abilities.
"Mums who breastfeed their babies have lower risks of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones later in life. It also helps burn calories and it?s free and totally natural.
"Dad, family and friends also have an important role to play in helping out around the house and supporting and encouraging mum to help her give her baby the best start in life."
Minister for Public Health Shona Robison added: "Choosing to breastfeeding your baby is one of the best decisions you can make for the health of you and your baby.
"Breast milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs in a natural, easily digested form. It comes packed with all kinds of antibodies to protect your baby from stomach infections and allergies that only you can provide.
"And its good for mums too - breastfeeding your baby can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster and can lower rates of obesity and the risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.
"But it can also be challenging to learn how to breastfeed and to keep doing so. That's why it is so important that mums are given the support they need to breastfeed and I'm delighted that NHS Grampian is supporting breastfeeding mums in this way."
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