Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Breastfeeding Awareness Week 11-18 May

Did you know that if each year all babies worldwide were exclusively fed breast milk for the first 6 months, then the lives of an estimated 1.5million babies would be saved and the health and development of millions of others would be greatly improved. This sobering statistics come from the organisation Unicef, says UrBod Nutritionist Melody Mackeown, who specialises in pre-conceptual care, fertility and pregnancy.

Only a third of babies in the UK are receiving any breastmilk at all at six weeks old which is way short of the World Health Organisation recommendation that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months (fewer than 2% of British babies are breastfed up until 6 months!). The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative is working with the health service so mothers understand more about breastfeeding and are enabled to breastfeed if they wish to.

Next week I will be writing about the Ten Top Tips for Successful Breastfeeding.

In the meantime, if you wish to find out more about how nutrition can help with breastfeeding, contact UrBod Nutritionist Melody Mackeown Dip.ION (mBANT), specialist in pre-conceptual care, fertility and pregnancy care in the city of London, EC2. I have co-authorised a free e-book which can be obtained by clicking on the following link: