Breastfeeding Boom Amongst New Mums

22/06/2011 12:16 | Updated 22 May 2015
Breastfeeding boom: rates up amongst new mums PA

New breastfeeding statistics from the NHS Information Centre have revealed that breastfeeding figures are up amongst new mums - but they don't reveal how many continue after the first few weeks.

The data shows more than eight out of 10 newborns are now breastfed at least once after birth. Back in 1990, the figure was six out of 10. It is not known how many mums will continue to breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months.

Jane Munro from the Royal College of Midwives said often new mums are not supported or encouraged to continue feeding, saying: 'We know that many women stop breastfeeding when they leave hospital. This is why it is so important that they are able to get advice and support from their midwife, and that there are enough midwives with the time to offer these women the help they need.'

The latest figures also showed that breastfeeding rates were higher in England than in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, although overall, the rates have risen in most areas.

Check out our video of mums sharing their experiences of breastfeeding.

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