BOROUGH IS BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY!
Publish Date: Friday, 09 May 2008
On Monday 12th May Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Cllr Barry Monteith hosted the launch of a Breastfeeding Support Line, and Breastfeeding Leaflet for Uplift, a local voluntary group of Breastfeeding Counsellors.
Breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland are the lowest in Europe, and this is something that Uplift is striving to change. Human breast milk is the natural source of nutrition for infants; it is a living substance which changes and adapts to your babies needs, and protects against a host of illnesses for both baby and mother. This is something that can not be replicated by formula milk.
Blanaid Bruce, a Breastfeeding Counsellor with Uplift says:
"The World Health Organisation estimate that every day more than 4,000 babies die because they are not breastfed, and this is something that needs to change. Uplift believe that mothers need to be aware that formula and breastmilk are not the same, and should be able to make an informed choice when deciding how to feed their infants. Our helpline is there for anyone who wishes to talk to a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor, who will help and support them whatever they decide."
Dungannon Council have been pro-active in making breastfeeding mothers feel more comfortable. All Council Buildings and Facilities have been declared as breastfeeding friendly, meaning mother can breastfeed without the fear of being asked to leave or feel intimidated. It has also declared that Dungannon is a Breastfeeding Friendly Borough.
Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Cllr Barry Monteith wishes to encourage breastfeeding: 'The Council wish to encourage mothers to breastfeed their children because of the clear health benefits it provides to both child and mother. We shouldn't live in a society where breastfeeding in public is frowned upon. A mother breastfeeding her child is a basic human right, and one that should be encouraged'.
If you would like support or information on breastfeeding please contact Uplift on 0800 085 7496.