‘National Breastfeeding Week 2014’ runs until October 7 and events will take place around the country, including in West Cork, to mark this event and highlight the importance of breastfeeding for the health of children and mothers.
Irish breastfeeding rates are still among the lowest in the world, despite national efforts to promote and support breastfeeding. Currently approximately 47 per cent of mothers in Ireland are breastfeeding at discharge from maternity care (NPRS, 2008).
Although breastfeeding duration rate figures are not currently collected at national level, research studies indicate the fall-off in breastfeeding following discharge is worryingly high with less than 10 per cent of infants still breastfeeding at six months of age. Support from healthcare professionals, family, friends and breastfeeding support-groups can be very helpful in assisting a mother reach her breastfeeding goals.
Clonakilty Bumps to Tots and Breastfeeding Support meets at the Grace Centre on the third Tuesday of every month from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Mothers, mums-to-be, babies and toddlers are welcome. Mother-to-mother support is available. Get information about breastfeeding and weaning through the group’s library of breastfeeding and parenting. Guest speakers appear regularly to talk about baby massage, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy and more.
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