New mothers urged to breastfeed to protect against childhood obesity

New mothers in Causeway Maternity have been given the chance to find out how breastfeeding can protect against childhood obesity.

Breastfeeding Co-ordinator Pauline McKeown held an information session for parents on healthy eating, with emphasise on how the protective qualities of breastmilk increase with the length of time a baby continues to drink breastmilk.

Pauline McKeown encouraged new mothers to try breastfeeding, saying “Breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life as it has lots of benefits for both mother and baby that last a lifetime.”

Causeway Maternity and Community Staff offer support and help to mums to breastfeed for as long as they want.

The Northern Obesity Partnership and Northern Trust midwives worked together to support new mothers in breastfeeding and provided babies with motivational baby vests with the logo “mmm… my mummy’s milk”.

Harlena Labuda and baby Maksymilioin Anyse

Causeway Maternity provides Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshops (7-9pm) on the first Wednesday of each month at the Multi-Disciplinary Education Centre at the Causeway Hospital. These workshops are for all parents, to promote breastfeeding and to learn how to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

To book a place, please telephone Pauline on 078 3346 3373.

Page last updated:10 February 2017