Breast Feeding - The Facts
Benefits to the Baby
Babies who are breastfed are less likely to have many illnesses including:
• Gastro-intestinal infections (vomiting and diarrhoea).
• Chest infections
• Urine infections
• Ear infections
• Wheeze when breathing/asthma
• Eczema, where this runs in the family
• Diabetes in childhood
Benefits to the Mother
Breastfeeding has benefits for you, too.
Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of:
• Ovarian cancer
• Breast cancer
• Hip fracture in later life, caused by bone disease osteoporosis
Breastfeeding uses up many calories and helps you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. During pregnancy, your body lays down fat stores in preparation for feeding; if you breastfeed, you use them up, helping you avoid the long-term health risks associated with being overweight, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The Ulster Hospital is the proud possessor of a UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. All midwives have been fully trained and we have a fully qualified Breastfeeding/Lactation Consultant for anyone who is having difficulties.
Antenatal breastfeeding workshops are held every Wednesday morning from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Please ring our Lactation Consultant for further details on 028 9056 1339.