This World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) Central Coast Local Health District reminded families of the benefits of lactation and where new mums can get invaluable support across the region.
This year’s theme, Sustaining Breastfeeding Together, is all about working collaboratively in promoting the health benefits of lactation for women and children at a local, national and global level.
Lactation and Postnatal Care Consultant, Mr Rachel Rivers, said the District offered a range of services to offer guidance and support for mothers during the antenatal and postnatal periods.
“It’s so important for mums to be educated, remain patient, seek help and ongoing support and remember that a mother and baby are a team,” Ms Rivers said.
“Human milk is made for human babies and each mothers’ milk is unique for her baby.
“While we support all women with their chosen method of feeding in a safe and informed way, we also advise women and their families of the benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby and commit to ongoing support to achieve successful lactation.
“Research shows babies who receive breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity and respiratory illnesses.
“Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers,” Ms Rivers said.
Ms Rivers said the District offered a range of drop-in lactation clinics, in-home consultant services, new baby support groups, as well as family care cottages and sustaining new families’ services.
Media release, Aug 2
Clare Graham, Central Coast Local Health District