BREAST is best – that is the message from these women who have graduated from a programme which advocates the benefits of breastfeeding.
Mums met at the Bethany Christian Centre, in Houghton, to celebrate passing the eight-week training course.
Health specialists say that breastfed babies cry less and have fewer infections.
Gillian Lund, public health midwife and breast feeding co-ordinator at Sunderland Royal Hospital, said: “There are lots of benefits to breastfeeding.
“It’s easier, it’s cheaper and there are health benefits as well.
“The class gives mother-to-mother support. Mums can breastfeed for longer
Gillian added that in her experience, more new mums are breastfeeding their tots.
“It’s definitely on the rise,” she said.
“I’ve been in this specific post for two years and since then we have seen a 20 per cent increase in women starting to breastfeed.
Professor Helen Ball, of Durham University’s anthropology department, presented the certificates.
Helen and her team have been researching mother and infant sleep for over a decade and recently launched ISIS (Infant Sleep Information Source) which provides evidence-based information on infant sleep for parents, as well as health professionals.
Mums looking for more information about the group online can like Sunderland Bosom Buddies on Facebook or follow @Sun-BBuddies on Twitter.