Podcast on National Breastfeeding Week: How the community can support breastfeeding

Date published: 27 June 2022

This year National Breastfeeding Week will run from 27 June – 3 July with the theme: 'Everyone has a part to play in helping mums to breastfeed'.

The key focus will be the difference that can be made if everyone supports breastfeeding eg partners, the wider family, community, health and education services and workplaces.

Breastfeeding is great for both infant and maternal health. Breast milk is alive and carries immune information from mum to baby and helps prevent babies from catching infections, including pneumonias, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. Breastfeeding helps prevent chronic diseases like allergies, diabetes and certain leukemias in infants. For mothers, it decreases their risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and ongoing breastfeeding for at least two years.

Julia madin, infant Feeding Coordinator in the Trust joins us on our podcast this National Breastfeeding Week to talk to us about breastfeeding. Listen below, or from your favourite podcast player by searching for ‘Hillingdon Hospitals Podcast’.

Listen to the podcast on: How the communicaty can support breastfeeding