UK 'one of worst breastfeeding rates in the world'

The UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world, with breastfeeding rates varying significantly, depending on where you live, scientists from the University of Sheffield said.

In a new feasibility study which will see women being given vouchers for breastfeeding, Dr Clare Relton said it was vital to look into creative ways to boost the levels of breastfeeding across the UK.

The UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world and breastfeeding rates vary very widely across different parts of the country.

If you are a six-week-old baby the chances of you being breastfed vary depending on where you live. If you live in an affluent area you are four times more likely to be breastfed than if you live in a deprived area.

Babies who are breastfed have fewer health problems such as upset tummies and chest infections, and are less likely to develop diabetes and obesity when they are older. Breast milk is perfectly designed for babies and provides all they need for the first six months of their life.

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