A NEW mum from Sunderland is backing the health service’s call to bust myths surrounding breastfeeding.
Chloe Bebbington, 18, from Pennywell, has been breastfeeding son Reggie for two months and thinks more mums should breastfeed their babies.
NHS South of Tyne and Wear is also encouraging more women to follower her lead and are working with mums by offering support and creating breastfeeding groups.
Chloe admits that while the first two or three days were difficult, she soon got her son used to the feeding.
“Reggie couldn’t latch on at first and I found it quite hard,” she said.
“But the midwives at the Sunderland Royal Hospital were fantastic and we kept repositioning him.
“Now it is great. I always wanted to breastfeed because it is good for him.”
When Chloe returned home from hospital with Reggie she had regular visits from the breastfeeding support team as well as support from her family.
She said: “I had lots of support and now I am planning on going to a breastfeeding support group called Bosom Buddies which meets at the Highfield Centre near where I live.”
Marietta Evans, director of public health and lead for child health for NHS South of Tyne and Wear said: “We want to encourage mums to start and keep breastfeeding because it has so many benefits – for both mum and baby.
“Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from a range of illnesses including diarrhoea, vomiting, chest and ear infections, and reduces their likelihood of becoming overweight later in life.
“Evidence shows that mum to mum support helps new mums keep breastfeeding for longer, helping to give baby the best possible start and being of great benefit to mums too.
“Mums who have breastfed themselves can offer advice and tips from their own experience which is invaluable to new mums.”
Those interested in supporting new mums as part of a Bosom Buddies group should call 219 3995.