Food for thought...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding (only breast milk) for the first six months of life, then complementary feeding (solids and breastfeeding) until baby is two years of age, or beyond.
Now for some interesting stat's...
The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey (ANIFS) results indicate that
- 96% of mother’s initiate breastfeeding.
Thereafter, exclusive breastfeeding rates drop off.
- At three months of age, 39% of babies are being exclusively breastfed;
- By five months of age, 15% are being breastfed.
So how is all this related?
Well… research tells us that it takes six weeks to learn how to breastfeed but studies indicate THIS is the very time the majority of Australian women abandon breastfeeding. To me it’s really simple. Women need more help. They need consistent, trustworthy support and uplifting encouragement if they are going to win at breastfeeding; and this is where I know I can help.
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