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National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 10-16th May


Breastfeeding twins and triplets can be challenging but many new mothers of multiples believe that they cannot breastfeed their babies at all. Nothing could be further from the truth—nearly every mother can breastfeed. The trick is educating yourself on the subject, seeking support and practice, practice, practice!
 
The Importance of Support
The decision to breastfeed can make a huge contribution to infant health and development as well as benefiting mums. Breastfeeding is often depicted or described as something exclusively for mother and babies. but this is not the case. The more support and encouragement a new mum has the more likely she is to give it a go and this especially important for mothers who are breastfeeding twins, triplets or more. Support from Breastfeeding Counsellors, Mid-Wives, Health Visitors and very importantly family and friends, can all help build the confidence to first give breastfeeding a go even if they are not sure about how long they will continue.
 
All mums should feel proud of breastfeeding, whether they breastfeed for one day or one year, as research shows that every feed makes a positive difference to both mother and baby. Nine out of ten women who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks are stopping before they want to. The most common reasons given for stopping, reveal that these women often didn't receive the accurate information and support that they needed.
 
Dr Anthony Williams - senior lecturer and consultant in neonatal paediatrics at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. says: "Breastfeeding for three months or more reduces a baby's chances of catching diarrhea, chest and ear infections. It may also reduce the risk of later eczema, obesity and diabetes for the child. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of a mother acquiring breast cancer before the menopause.
 
"There is additional evidence to suggest that breastfeeding leads to a reduction in blood pressure at school age and an improvement of IQ levels, especially when babies are born prematurely. This is a very positive and exciting development for the health of future generations. Breastfeeding gives a baby the best start possible and helps to set down a pattern of good health for life."

  

Reasons to Breastfeed
  • Breastmilk provides everything your babies need for the first six months.
  • Breastmilk is always available fresh. in the right amounts and at the right temperature.
  • Breastmilk can also be expressed so everyone can help with feeding.
  • Breastfeeding helps develop a strong emotional bond with your child.
  • Breastmilk is delivered without any pollution, unnecessary packaging or waste.
  • Women who breastfeed regain their figures sooner than women who bottlefeed. Your body burns about 500 calories a day when making breastmilk.
  • Breastfeeding is much cheaper than bottle feeding for families (450/year per baby bottle fed)
  • Breastfeeding is good for the environment. it does not need processing. packaging. transporting or manufacturing.
  • Breastfeeding is unique to women and you have twins or more. your body produces breastmilk tailored to the needs of your babies.
  • Breastfeeding. by its very nature. requires the sort of skin-to-skin contact that babies need. It is a uniquely bonding experience.
  • Breastfeeding doesn’t need any equipment (unless mum is expressing). So, less to pack and carry about with you !
  • Your babies will have a lower risk of gastro-enteritis. respiratory. urinary tract and ear infections. eczema and childhood diabetes and less likely to be obese as adults.
  • You'll have a lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer and breastfeeding also helps the womb return to normal.
Events around the UK
National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 10-16 May 2009 New UK-World Health Organisation (WHO) growth charts for children aged 0-4 years of age, will be introduced during National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, from 10 to 16 May 2009. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the DH are already developing materials to help healthcare professionals use the new charts, which are based on measurements of approximately 8,500 breastfed children worldwide.  The new growth charts will also include an adult height predictor and a chart specifically to monitor weight of premature infants
 
In addition to the new growth charts, the Department of Health is extending Breast  Buddy,  an  initiative  introduced last year which supports mums to breastfeed  for  longer by encouraging them to nominate a buddy from within their  circle  of  friends  and  family,  who  will  provide  practical and emotional support while breastfeeding.
 
The theme of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week this year is Breastfeeding: every day makes a difference to your baby. If mums receive help and support - whether it be from a  friend or family member, a healthcare professional, or volunteer breastfeeding supporter, they  are likely to breastfeed  for  longer, giving them and their child important health benefits.
 
The Department of Health has developed a range of new resources to support the week, featuring the strapline and the National Breastfeeding Helpline. Materials  to  support NBAW activities will be available to order from 20th April  2009, my contacting the DH order line on 0300 123 1002 or online atwww.breastfeeding.nhs.uk
 
NBAW 2009 conference - Monday, 11th May 2009
The NBAW 2009 conference will be taking place again this year Monday, 11th May 2009 - during National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, at a central London venue. The conference speakers will explain the growth charts in more detail and give practical advice on their usage. Details of the event are currently being developed and will be finalised shortly.
 
How can you help?
Your support of NBAW is very much appreciated and of great value in helping mothers to breastfeed. To assist, two template press releases will be available to download from this website shortly, to help you in letting mums know about breastfeeding events and activities in their local area, along with details of breastfeeding friendly places. You can also find hints and tips for dealing with the media.
 
Where can I find out more ?
If you'd like more information on breastfeeding. TwinsUK has a number of useful links for breastfeeding information and support and we also have some breastfeeding and expressing articles under our Twins Tips section that cover twins and triplets as well as breastfeeding premature babies.
 
For practical products that help with breastfeeding and expressing for twins, triplets or more visit our Feed Us Department where you can find specialist equipment for breastfeeding and expressing with twins, triplets or more and for books/leaflets please see our range of Parenting Books.  
 
TwinsUK is a supporting member of La Leche League, an international charity, founded almost 50 years ago, giving information and encouragement, mainly through personal help to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. Their helpline is 0845 120 2918 or visit their UK website at www.laleche.org.uk.


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