Fylde Coast mums-to-be urged to breastfeed

New and expectant mothers on the Fylde Coast are being encouraged to breastfeed their babies by local doctors and national bodies.

Monday, 24th April 2017, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:54 pm
Mum are urged to breastfeed
Mum are urged to breastfeed

In Blackpool, 62 per cent of mums breastfeed, compared to 69 per cent across Lancashire and a national average of 73 per cent.

Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer at Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Babies who are not breastfed are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

“It also lowers a mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer as well as burning up to 500 calories.

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“With so many benefits to preventing illness it is important that more mothers start and continue breastfeeding.”

For more information, advice, or tips, visit www.nhs.uk/start4life