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06 August 2014

St Michael’s Hospital celebrate World Breast Feeding Week

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, midwives at St Michael's Hospital have been raising the awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding by giving out certificates to mums who have taken the decision to breast feed. Breastfeeding PR

World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1 - 7 and highlights  the importance of increasing protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding. St Michael's Hospital is a UNICEF Baby Friendly accredited hospital, achieving reaccreditation in May of this year, promoting breastfeeding for its health benefits. Throughout World Breastfeeding Week 2014, staff at the hospital have been handing out certificates, provided by Public Health England with the Bristol breastfeeding logo, celebrating mother and baby on their breastfeeding journey.

Joan Beales, infant feeding coordinator at St Michael's Hospital, said: "We promote and support breast feeding here at St Michael's for many reasons because it's beneficial to mother and baby.  Babies who are breast fed are at less risk of diarrhoea and vomiting, chest and ear infections and obesity which can lead to diabetes and heart disease. Reducing these risks also lowers the chances of readmission to hospital.

"Mothers who breast feed can burn up to 500 calories a day, aiding the process to shift any excess weight from a pregnancy. It can also lower the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer as well as osteoporosis later on in life. Mothers who choose to breast feed often experience a huge sense of achievement when they can feed their baby."

Helen Driscoll, patient at St Michael's hospital and mother to new-born Isaac, said: "We've chosen to breastfeed because it's natural.  It's all natural and it's good for the baby. It apparently reduces breast cancer and cervical cancer, so I've heard. I think there are a lot of positives, it's cheaper; we're thinking about doing it for six months, so it's free for six months."