As recent survey demonstrates successful breastfeeding increased with doula support National Breastfeeding Week runs this week from 24th-30th June and Doula UK is celebrating by highlighting recent survey findings showing the dramatic impact the support of a doula can have on breastfeeding relationships.
The survey gathered data from 105 doulas and their 1,106 clients finding that 93 per cent attempted breastfeeding and 70 per cent were still exclusively breastfeeding after six weeks. The figures are significantly higher than the latest national figures from the Department of Health, which show only 74.1 per cent of new mums attempt breastfeeding, and just 47 per cent are still exclusively breastfeeding at six weeks.
Rebecca Schiller of Doula UK, said: “National Breastfeeding Week is an important celebration of breastfeeding in the UK and a chance to highlight infortmation, resources and support networks that new parents may find helpful when beginning their breastfeeding journey.”
“The support of a doula during pregnancy, birth and the critical postnatal period makes a real difference to breastfeeding success rates. A doula will allow parents to access information, get to know local resources, have common myths dispelled and will encourage them to set their own breastfeeding goals whilst providing them with and directing them to the support available to meet those goals.”
To find out more about Doula UK and its network of doulas visit www.doula.org.uk
For more information please contact Rebecca Schiller on
07793084945 or pr [at] doula [dot] org [dot] uk