Breastfeeding week event

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ARBROATH Infirmary’s maternity unit recently invited mothers and pregnant mothers to an afternoon event to promote breast-feeding.

Staff at the maternity unit decided that the afternoon tea party would be a good way to mark Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Evidence shows that breastfeeding has a protective effect against many childhood illnesses.

Breastfed babies are likely to have a reduced risk of ear, stomach and chest infections and are also less likely to experience childhood obesity.

There are many benefits for mums too, with lower risks of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and hip fractures in later life.

Tracy Menmuir, breastfeeding support worker, along with midwives were on hand during the afternoon to chat with mums and give support and advice on breastfeeding.

Chris Field, midwife and team leader at the unit, said: “The midwives enthusiastically promote the benefits of breastfeeding and should a woman decide to breastfeed then her midwife and breastfeeding support worker, as well as health visitors, will do all they can to support her.

“We want to help and support mums who want to breastfeed their babies and it is important to remember any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect.

“National Breastfeeding Week helps to highlight the many benefits of breastfeeding to new mums and their babies and aims to encourage more mums to breastfeed.

“The tea party at the unit is a fun way to highlight an important message.”