Supporting breastfeeding

NHS Tayside is helping to promote the benefits of breastfeeding to new mums across Tayside during Breastfeeding Awareness Week (24 – 30 June).

Throughout the week, events will be held across different sites in the area where women can get information, support and advice on feeding their babies.

On Monday of this week the Healthy Start Cafe at the Guide Centre in Forfar held a promotional event with local mums and babies sharing their experiences.

Yesterday (Tuesday) breastfeeding volunteers helped staff to provide information about breastfeeding in the main concourse in Ninewells.

On Friday, June 29 mums and babies are invited to events at Brechin Infirmary and Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre to promote breastfeeding.

The main aim of the campaign in 2012 is to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding, in particular to the mother who breastfeeds, including protection from breast and ovarian cancer and the reduction in osteoporosis in later life.

For the first six months of their lives, babies benefit most from their mother’s milk. This is all the food and drink a baby needs as it provides the correct amount of nourishment, vitamins and minerals a baby requires and contains antibodies that protect the baby from infections.

Janet Dalzell, NHS Tayside Breastfeeding Coordinator, said, “Establishing breastfeeding takes time and patience. NHS Tayside staff aim to provide information in a balanced way so that women feel totally supported and empowered to make an informed choice about feeding.”