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Breastfeeding reduces ill health and saves money says RCM on new research

17 May, 2017

Breastfeeding reduces ill health and saves money says RCM on new research

Today new research published in European Respiratory Journal indicates that breastfeeding could play a role in preventing wheezing in the first year of life. Researchers studied 2773 infants from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development birth cohort. 

Commenting on the research, Janet Fyle, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said “This is further evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding and its positive impact on the health and well-being of both mother and baby. 

“The benefits of breast feeding should also be seen in terms of cost savings for the NHS because these benefits go beyond infancy. Breastfeeding lays down the foundation for the future health of individuals.

“This is why it is important to invest in midwives so that maternity staff can offer the level of support and advice that many new mothers need to enable them to initiate and sustain breastfeeding.”

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