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Bid to get mothers breastfeeding

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A programme to boost breastfeeding among young mothers has started in parts of Suffolk where levels are below the national average.

NHS Suffolk has been awarded £85,000 from the Department of Health for the programme which will stretch into 2010.

Sally Hogg, head of health improvement partnerships at NHS Suffolk, said: "Breastfeeding is the best way to boost your baby's nutrition and immunity.

"It also helps create a strong bond between mother and baby."

This method of feeding also has nutritional benefits which may be long lasting.

Ms Hogg said: "Because it contains less fat it can prevent obesity in later life.

"Breastfeeding can also help new mums lose weight more quickly after pregnancy."

The funds will go directly towards training frontline staff to help mothers to establish breastfeeding successfully and sustain this beyond the early weeks.

The funding is particularly aimed at areas of the county with high infant mortality rates.

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