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Milk donation and the plight of Haitian babies.

Milk donation is something I feel very passionately about. After my gorgeous daughter was born she spent the first 24 hours of her life in neonatal intensive care for observations, while traumatic for any new mother to see her tiny baby in an incubator I soon learned that, compared to some mothers, I had it easy. I spent the vast majority of those 24 hours in

NICU with my baby and couldn’t help looking around at the other incubators in which lay some of the tiniest babies I have ever seen. It was heartbreaking to behold and I feel a great deal of compassion and respect for the mothers of premature and poorly babies. Read on….
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New Breastfeeding Cafe in Leicester

Each Wednesday morning from 10-12 women are able to get help and support from other mums, along with trained experts, at the Leicester based venue organised by the La Leche League.

The aim of the venture is to encourage more women to breastfeeding their babies, and to do so for as long as possible.
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Breastfeeding Improves Lung Function

Researchers from the University of Southampton and the College of Veterinary Medicine in Michigan State University have found that the physical effort of sucking milk during nursing may leave babies with stronger lungs as they grow up.

In a 10 year study of 1,456 babies they found that children who had been breastfed for at least 4 months had stronger lung function in later childhood. A third of the children were breastfed for at least 4 months, and on average, these children could blow out more air after taking a deep breath, and could blo it out faster.

This was the case regardless of whether their mother was asthmatic or suffered from allegies.

Yet one more reason to breastfeed!

”Breastfeeding is Cool!”

”Breastfeeding is Cool!” Says Atomic Kitten Star, Jenni Frost

Atomic Kitten Star and celebrity mum, Jenni Frost, has been showing her support for breastfeeding by fronting the initiative Breast Buddy. As part of her tour of the UK, she has been  in Leicester encouraging more young mothers to breastfeed. She spoke to mums and mums-to-be at Beaumont Leys and Stocking Farm Childrens Centre about her breastfeeding experiences, and to inform them that breastfeeding is ‘not just something that Old Maids do!’

‘Breastfeeding is Cool’ says Jenni- and of course she is right!

Mums to be can register for the Breast Buddy initiative by texting BUDDY to 60022, and you will recieve an information pack which includes the NHS breastfeeding guide, and information about the Breastfeeding Helpline (0844 209 0920). You will also receive messages of encouragement to help you through the first few months, and have a dedicated Breastfeeding Buddy! :)