Thursday 18 January 2018

Breast still best

• The 'Time' magazine cover showing a child standing on a chair to breast-feed is only remarkable because Ireland now has the lowest rate of breast-feeding in Europe.

Only half of mothers leave Irish maternity hospitals exclusively breast-feeding their babies -- it's 93pc in Austria. Extended breast-feeding is rare in Ireland.

This is a great loss for mothers as well as babies. Breastfeeding cuts the mother's risk of breast cancer.

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