Breastfeeding: Advice for parents

Breast feeding in Barking and Dagenham in 2017 was just below the England National Average of 74.5 %. Breast feeding is the most pure form of milk to feed a baby. Milk provided by a breastfeeding mother is formed naturally with the nutrients required for a baby’s development for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. Breast milk is tailored to the needs of the growing baby. It is produced at the right temperature for the baby and contains natural antibodies which provide immunity to babies to fight against child hood infections.

Breast feeding is a skill that comes naturally to some mothers, for some mothers it may take some time to learn this new skill, while other mother may need support.  Health visitors are available to support women post midwifery service to support parents who need support.