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Breastfeeding at highest level

19th November 2007

A survey by manufacturer Phillips Avent has shown greater numbers of mothers than ever before are choosing to breastfeed their babies.

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The poll of over 1,000 women showed that mothers who gave birth within the past year were 30% more likely to breastfeed than women who gave birth in the past five years. The number of women choosing to breastfeed had gone up to 65% over the last 30 years.

Liverpool had the lowest rate of breastfeeding mothers, with under half - 48% - feeding their babies in this way. Plymouth came top, with more than three-quarters of women - 78% - breastfeeding their children.

Around 92% of all the women polled said they thought that breast milk was the healthiest way to feed their baby. Almost half - 47% - said they thought it was the easiest method for them to use.

Vicki Scott, baby-feeding and well-being advisor to Philips Avent, said that the results indicated a shift towards more positive ideas about breastfeeding.

She said: "There is research coming out all the time about breast-feeding and its benefits and it's great that mums are picking up on the messages."

Miss Scott said many new mothers were put off breastfeeding because of a "lack of confidence."

She added that breast milk was an ideal food for a growing baby: 'It is easily digested, resulting in less tummy aches and diarrhoea and also has lots of antibodies and growth hormones - it rounds off the baby's immune system."



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