Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019

By Clare Livingstone on 17 June 2019 Breastfeeding

As 17th June is the start of Breastfeeding Celebration Week, let’s take a moment to reflect on the many benefits of breastfeeding and why it is something so worth celebrating.

Babies that are breastfed are less likely to suffer from infections, asthma and sudden infant death, or develop obesity, diabetes and heart disease later in life.

Mothers who breastfeed are also at lower risk of diabetes and osteoporosis, and breastfeeding offers protection from breast and ovarian cancers and heart disease.

There is much to champion in breastfeeding.

Babies from all backgrounds can be perfectly nourished with bioactive milk that is exactly matched to meet their nutritional needs. It contains the right amount of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. There are hormones that help with baby’s development and antibodies to build immunity.

And exclusive breastfeeding provides all the nutrients a baby needs; from that very first cuddle, skin to skin at birth and for the next six months. Midwives and MSWs support women to achieve their feeding choices and decisions, whatever these may be.

Breastmilk is free fast food - the ultimate takeaway - Just feed!

No bottles, sterilising kits, washing up or worrying about warming while you’re out. No mess, no packaging, no waste.

Will you celebrate? Tell us how and send us pictures.

Happy Breastfeeding Celebration week from the RCM!