Portsmouth mums to be given breast-feeding tips

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MUMS can find out more about the benefits of breast-feeding their babies.

As part of Breast-feeding Awareness Week, an information stand will be at Cascades shopping centre, in Portsmouth, tomorrow.

According to the primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth and south Hampshire, around 80 per cent of mums in the area begin breast-feeding their newborns, but this falls by about half within six weeks.

The trust says breast milk contains nutrition babies need for the first six months of their lives and that breast-fed infants are less likely to have health problems in the short-term such as gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘One thing that can’t be disputed is the fact breast-feeding gives babies their best start in life.

‘Not only does it give infants lifelong health benefits, but breast-feeding is associated with a reduction in the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women.’