Breastfeeding awareness week

PUBLISHED: 19:51 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

BREASTFEEDING has long been thought a better option than bottle-feeding babies, benefiting both mother and child. Next week is Breastfeeding Awareness Week, when the West Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be holding information sessions where mothers an

BREASTFEEDING has long been thought a better option than bottle-feeding babies, benefiting both mother and child.

Next week is Breastfeeding Awareness Week, when the West Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be holding information sessions where mothers and prospective mothers can find out more about breastfeeding.

Judy Hurry, community children's service manager, said: "Most important of all, it helps boost your baby's immunity against a range of health problems, including gastro-enteritis, diarrhoea, allergies, diabetes as well as ear, chest and urinary infections.

"Breastfeeding benefits mothers too, protecting them against breast and ovarian cancer as well as hip fractures later in life - and assists with weight loss.

"And don't forget breastfeeding is free, so there's no need to buy milk! What could be more natural?"

In Saffron Walden, an information display will be on show at Saffron Walden Community Hospital between May 11 and May 15, where you can find out more. The health visiting team there will also be happy to provide advice over the telephone during normal clinic times. Call 01799 562928 if you have any questions.

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