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A series of events are taking place in Liverpool from today to mark Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
According to figures from Liverpool council the city has one of the lowest rates in the country, 50.9% of new mums feeding naturally after birth and 29.1% at six to eight weeks. This compares to a national average of 73.9% after birth and 47.2% after six weeks.
- Monday 30 June, families will gather on the steps of St George’s Hall at 11:30am
- Tuesday 1 July a picnic is being held in the grounds of Croxteth Hall from 11:30am
- Wednesday 2 July there is a special event at Liverpool Women’s Hospital from 11am
- Thursday 3 July there is a picnic outside the café at Sefton Park from 11:30am
- Friday 4 July there is a buffet lunch and massage therapist session at Garston Children’s Centre from 11:30am
- Sunday 29 June /6 July, mums are invited to share their breastfeeding stories at the World Museum.
– Cabinet member for education, Councillor Jane Corbett,
Liverpool has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding among new mothers in the country, a trend we really need to reverse. These events are a fun way of spreading the word about the benefits of breastfeeding and informing women about the advantages for the health of both baby and mother
– Sandra Davies, Liverpool’s interim Director of Public Health
Breastmilk really does give babies the best start, as it is all that’s needed for the first six months of life. It protects babies from infections and diseases and has many benefits for both children and mothers.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that mother’s breastfeed infants for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. The advantages of breastfeeding include:
- Strengthening the physical and emotional bond between mum and baby
- Protecting the baby from infections and reduces the risk of eczema and diabetes
- Protecting the mother against ovarian and breast cancers and weak bones in later life
- Helps the mother return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster