Breastfeeding: Why More Needs to be Done in Ireland to Help New Mothers

The HSE (Health Service Executive) recently released The Irish Maternity Indicator System 2019 with some very worrying statistics. The report shows that only two out of three Irish mothers initiated breastfeeding – the lowest rate in the world. To further compound the problem, just 37% continued to breastfeed upon discharge from maternity hospital and only 13% continued after six months, compared with a European average of 25% and a global average of 38%.   Why Breastfeed? Despite decades of research, science cannot replicate the endless benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk contains essential enzymes, hormones and antibodies that are vital for … Continue reading Breastfeeding: Why More Needs to be Done in Ireland to Help New Mothers