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Right Arrow Trust supports National Breastfeeding Week - PR/07/0506
09 May 2005 at 13:01
On the launch of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust’s Special Care Baby Unit and Maternity Services urge women to ‘Give it a go!’

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week is a week-long campaign by the Department of Health to encourage and raise awareness of breastfeeding to young mums and mums-to-be. This year, the week aims to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby and to their partners, peers and families.

Give breastfeeding a go because it makes a difference to the mother:
• No special equipment- no mixing and no heating. Doesn’t cost a penny
• Helps mum regain her shape more quickly after childbirth
• Helps develop a strong emotional bond with your child
• Can reduce the risk of pre-menopausal breast and ovarian cancer

Breastfeeding makes a difference for the baby
• Provides perfect nutrition for the first six months
• Breast milk provides complete nutrition and many health benefits, such as preventing stomach bugs, chest and ear infections, asthma, eczema and allergies
• Reduces the likelihood of obesity in later life

National Breastfeeding Awareness week launches on Sunday 8th May and Information about Breastfeeding Awareness Week can be found outside the Special Care Baby Unit and the Hospital Canteen.

Further information about breastfeeding can be sought from your midwife, health visitor, neonatal nurse and Voluntary support groups:
National Childbirth Trust 0870 444 8708
Breastfeeding Network 0870 900 8787
La Leche league 0845 456 1866

Notes to Editor
• National Breastfeeding Awareness week takes place between 8 and 14 May 2005
• Breastfeeding Awareness week was launched in 1993 to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, to increase social acceptance of and promote the support of breastfeeding.
• For more information regarding breastfeeding please go to www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk
Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk