- 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?