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August is World Breast Feeding Awareness Month

This is the month that we recognise the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health and welfare of babies.

It is also a time to focus on the wider issues such as maternal health, the importance of good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.

Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight viruses and bacteria. Babies who are breast feed exclusively for the first 6 months have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhoea. Breast feeding also reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancers later in life. IQ is also believed to be higher in children who were breast fed rather than formula fed.

For mothers breast feeding can help them to lose their pregnancy weight faster and releases the hormone oxytocin to help the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size. It also reduces uterine bleeding after birth and reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers as well as reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

For more information:  World Breast Feeding Week and NZ MOH Guidelines

If you would like to discuss your dietary needs for breastfeeding contact me today

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