Breastfeeding friendly

Norwich GP Practices are breast feeding friendly - listen to Dr Clare Aitchison

Everyone knows that feeding babies with breastmilk is best.

  • Breast milk is the best food your baby can have - it's tailor-made for your baby.
  • Breast milk boosts your baby’s ability to fight illness and infection in their first six months. Babies who aren't breastfed are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and burns about 500 calories a day.

Our ambition is to increase the proportion of breastfeeding mothers who would like to maintain breastfeeding, but are currently struggling to do so.  78% of Norwich mums breastfeed their new born on day 1, but this quickly drops to 51%  by the 6 week check-up - below the national average.

Sadly 90% of mums report they give up feeding before they had intended to, because of barriers which makes breastfeeding unsustainable for them. We need your support to help to remove some of these barriers 

So NHS Norwich CCG is asking GP Practices in Norwich to become Breastfeeding Friendly. We aim to have a GP breastfeeding champion in each practice.

Find out more about breastfeeding here