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Breastfeeding mums may need help getting started, expert says

Often new mothers are forced to stop breastfeeding due to a number of problems getting started, which can be overcome with a midwife's help.
New mums wanting to breastfeed their baby often require help to latch the baby on when starting out, according to one baby feeding expert.

The Department of Health advocates that breastfeeding is the best form of early nutrition for infants, but many mothers give up trying because of difficulty or discomfort.

Nurse and midwife, Clare Byam-Cook explained: "The main reason women struggle to latch the baby on or get sore nipples is because breasts come in all shapes and sizes. It's just a logistical problem, the bigger the breast, the harder it is to put in a small mouth."

"If you squeeze the breast to make it smaller, any shaped breast will fit, even into a premature baby's mouth," she advised.

The government recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant's life before introducing them to solid foods.

According to the Infant Feeding Survey from 2005, 48 per cent of all mothers in the UK were breastfeeding at six weeks, while a quarter continued at six months.

Between 2000 and 2005 the incidence of breastfeeding increased in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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