Doula support has dramatic impact on breastfeeding rates says Doula UK following UNICEF report

Responding to Preventing Disease and Saving Resources: potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK, a report on breastfeeding from UNICEF UK, Nicola Wilson chair of Doula UK, said:

“The report clearly highlights the substantial health and financial benefits of offering women consistent, experienced and accessible breastfeeding support.

The negative impact of the UK’s low breastfeeding rates on women and babies are not confined to cost and illness. Of women who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks of their babies lives, 90% state they did so earlier than they wished and planned to. The impact of this on women’s mental health should not be ignored.

In our 2012 survey we found that women who worked with a doula increased their chances of exclusively breastfeeding at six weeks by 23% against the national average. It is clear that the support of a doula during pregnancy, birth and the critical postnatal period makes a real difference to breastfeeding success rates.

We are committed to working with organisations such as UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative to build on the support our doulas offer to women across the UK ensuring that they are not only well-informed about breastfeeding but are afforded real support to meet their breastfeeding goals.”

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For more information please contact Rebecca Schiller on 07793084945 or pr [at] doula [dot] org [dot] uk