Posted by:6 August, 2012
- Article: Geddes J (2012) Breastfeeding: how to increase prevalence. Nursing Times; 108: 32/33, 12-14.
- The World Health Organization and Department of Health recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months
- Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of specific health problems in both mother and baby
- Breastfeeding continuation rates in the UK remain among the lowest worldwide
- An early intervention infant feeding service can provide vital support to mothers to boost breastfeeding prevalence
- Easily accessible breastfeeding peer-support programmes are also recommended to help mothers maintain breastfeeding
- How would you explain the benefits of breastfeeding to a new mother?
- Why do you think mothers decide not to breastfeed?
- When are mothers most likely to stop breastfeeding their babies? Why do you think they make this decision?
- What support should be available to help mothers to breastfeed? How could you assess whether this support is effective?
How do we put research into practice in the surgery or the hospital ward? Each week we’ll pick out a practice article and pose some topics for debate and you can pose your own questions too…