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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.


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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Article Information

Title: Breastfeeding at highest level
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4809
Date Added: 19th Nov 2007


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