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Supporting mothers to breastfeed
27 February 2017

'Welcome to breastfeed here' promotion at Ipswich HospitalOur hospital is offering private and quiet feeding rooms to support mothers to breastfeed when visiting hospital.

The hospital is breastfeeding-friendly and women are welcome to breastfeed in all public areas of the hospital. However, some mothers have asked for private spaces to be provided.

Hospital breastfeeding coordinator Linda Page said: “We are committed to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. There are now designated rooms across the hospital and our receptionists know where they are so if mums would like privacy, they just need to ask.” Posters have been displayed around our Outpatient areas and Emergency Department to let mothers know about the rooms.

The World Health Organisation recognises that babies need nothing other than mother’s milk for the first six months of life. Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs and it is only when a baby reaches six months that he or she needs to begin to receive solid food in addition to breast milk. Evidence shows breastfed babies are generally healthier in both the short and long term.

This winter the hospital was given UNICEF’s ‘Baby Friendly’ award in recognition of the support it offers to mothers for feeding and building strong relationships with their babies.

Breastfeeding has a whole host of benefits for mum and baby. Here are just a few:

  • Breastfed babies are much less likely to get diarrhoea and vomiting and chest and ear infections.
  • They are less likely to become obese or develop diabetes or heart disease in later life.
  • It’s free.
  • Breast milk is the right temperature and available whenever and wherever your baby needs.
  • Breastfeeding lowers a mother’s risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
  • It helps mothers by naturally using up to 500 calories a day.