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One of our roles as health care professionals is to advocate and support breastfeeding. This is because breastfeeding offers many benefits to both the mother and baby.
For your baby these include: Less likely to suffer a cot death
Protection against chest and ear infections
Lower risk of diabetes
Better mental development
Better mouth formation and straighter teeth
Protection against gastro-enteritis and
Less smelly nappies
It’s free and readily available!!
And for Mothers there are advantages too:
Faster return to pre-pregnancy figure
Lower risk of ovarian and pre-menopausal breast cancer
Stronger bones in later life
(World Health Organisation)
If you would consider breastfeeding your baby, we would recommend attending an Infant Feeding Workshop which can be booked using the Royal Berkshire Hospital parentcraft telephone number in your booking information pack.
After you have had your baby, the Midwives, Maternity Care Assistants and Health Visitors are trained to help and support you, both in the hospital and at home.
If additional help is required, there is a breast feeding clinic which runs every weekday morning (10-13.00) in the Maternity Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and also one on Thursday mornings (11-12.30) in Battle library on the Oxford Rd. These clinics are open to all, regardless of where you have had your baby.
In addition, there are a number of national support groups which can be accessed locally. The numbers for these can be found in the back of the ‘Pregnancy Book’.