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BUDDIES SEND OUT BREAST IS BEST MESSAGE

August 04, 2006 3:27 PM

A new breast feeding support group has been launched for mothers in the Ferguslie Park area of Paisley.

The "Ferguslie Breast Buddies" service opens on Friday, August 4, at The Nursery-Parent Room, Ferguslie Community Nursery, in Tannahill Centre.

And the "breast is best" message is being passed on by other local mums who have been trained by the Breast Feeding Network to give help and support to new mothers in the Ferguslie area.

Local mums and mums-to-be are invited to come along and get information and ask questions, and enjoy a massage and a buffet, and pick up goodie bags of baby vests bibs and little things for mum.

Maria Laverty, Infant Feeding Promoter, said: "The local women who went through the 12-week training course decided that they wanted to set up a local support group.

"Breast feeding rates locally are pretty low, 7-15 per cent, compared to other areas where the figures can be as high as 80 per cent.

Breastfeeding has health benefits for both mother and baby, with advantages extending beyond infancy and into childhood.

"For example, it lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and can lead to a lower risk of different cancers in women."

Benefits for the baby include protection against ear infections, chest infections, wheezing, childhood diabetes, asthma, eczema, diarrhoea and gastro-enteritis.

It also promotes brain development, mouth and jaw formation and straighter teeth.

Mothers can also enjoy a lower risk of ovarian cancer, pre-menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis.

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For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429

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