MMPS’s November Gathering

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Dear MMPS members,

We are meeting again on next month First Saturday and can offer information and advice on most Breastfeeding problems or just come along for moral support. You are not alone, we are here to help.

Come and share your views, ideas, challenges and experiences on breastfeeding at MMPS’s November get together.

Date: Saturday 6th November 2010
Time: 3pm until 4pm

Venue: Koala Kids Enrichment Centre (http://koalakidscenter.blogspot.com/2009/10/come-and-check-us-out-today.html)

Koala Kids Enrichment Centre is a clean and child-friendly environment so bring along your kid(s) and other family members. There is a safe playroom and an area for the mum’s to “share”.

Please invite your pregnant or breastfeeding friends and colleagues to come along too.

Light refreshments will be served.

For attendance and the necessary refreshment requirements, please email us at pgmmps@gmail.com

Areas we offer info. on:

Skin-to-skin contact in the 1st hour after birth
Exclusive BF’ing for the first 6 months
Direct feeding where-ever possible but at least for the 1st 6 wks
Weaning onto complimentary family foods from 6 to 24 months
Hand expression
Cup feeding
Continuing to BF when you return to work/studies
EBM (expressed breast milk) storage

*NEW* Toddler nutrition

Hope to see you there.
We hope to see more babies being breastfed!

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Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars

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(CNN) — If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

“The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations,” the report said.

The World Health Organization says infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life “to achieve optimal growth, development and health.” The WHO is not alone in its recommendations.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all agree that breast milk alone is sufficient for newborns and infants until they are 6 months old.

However, a 2009 breastfeeding report card from the CDC found that only 74 percent of women start breastfeeding, only 33 percent were still exclusively breastfeeding at three months and only 14 percent were still exclusively breastfeeding at six months.

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