World Breastfeeding Week supported by NHS Nene CCG

Health chiefs at NHS Nene CCG are supporting World Breastfeeding Week 2016 taking place this week (1-7 August 2016)

The theme for this year's awareness week is Sustainable Development.  Breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share which is what this year's theme is all about.

In the UK more than 73% of mothers start breastfeeding and some of the positive reasons for doing so are:

• Breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby
• Breast milk protects your baby from infections and diseases
• Breastfeeding provides health benefits for you
• Breast milk is available for your baby whenever your baby needs it
• Breastfeeding can build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby

Whilst breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), childhood leukaemia
type 2 diabetes, obesity as well as other risks to babies, the health benefits to mothers are also enormous.  Health advantages to mothers include lowering the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis amongst others.