Jump to navigation. We know that breastfeeding is good for the short-term and long-term health of both infants and their mothers. Babies are less likely to develop infections in the digestive tract, lungs or airways, and ears. They are also less likely to become overweight and develop diabetes later in life.
Barriers to breastfeeding for younger mothers
Ten Facts on Breastfeeding - UNICEF/WHO Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)
Lynsey Hansford describes her own experience as a younger mum and looks at some of the barriers to breasfeeding they face. You may have heard or observed that younger mums are less likely to breastfeed than older mums. The UK Infant Feeding Survey found that women aged 30 or above were the group most likely to breastfeed, with women under 20 being the least likely. These included healthcare professionals interrupting skin-to-skin contact after birth, the participants feeling dazed, tired and anxious about breastfeeding and lacking the confidence to ask for help due to feeling like outsiders on the postnatal ward. This led to the mothers having to work out the beginnings of breastfeeding for themselves or not begin breastfeeding at all.
Which foods should you avoid while breastfeeding?
As the recipient of the Massachusetts Young Dietitian of the Year award, she believes in making healthy eating simple, sustainable, and delicious. Maintaining healthy eating habits while breastfeeding will not only keep you and your baby well nourished, it will also support her developing and lasting taste for healthy foods. However, because a breastfeeding mother is no longer at higher risk for contracting foodborne illnesses, and because your physiology and babies are not nearly as connected as they were when she was in utero, you can now enjoy many of the foods regarded as risky during pregnancy. Some of the foods a nursing mother can now enjoy include:. You can also continue to eat honey, even though your young baby cannot.
This statement addresses breastfeeding in the UK. Messages and recommendations should not be extrapolated to other populations. Home Resources. Breastfeeding in the UK - position statement Health Policy team. Save as PDF.