Breastfeeding encouraged27th October 2006
Women who have their baby in maternity units which meet the full UNICEF baby friendly standards are more likely to breastfeed.
Women who gave birth in a baby friendly hospital were 10 per cent more likely to start breastfeeding, independent of factors such as maternal education, ethnic group and age, according to the research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Seventy per cent of mothers started to breastfeed and 49 per cent breastfed after a month, said the research which was carried out by University of Central London’s Institute of Child Health.
It also shows that mothers need further support in order to continue to breastfeed beyond the first month after giving birth.
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