Breastfeeding best

DONCASTER’S family doctors will look at ways of encouraging new mums that ‘breast is best’ at a public meeting.

GPs are concerned that around seven out of ten Doncaster mums start breastfeeding their babies but within a couple of weeks the figure has dropped to less than one in three.

The issue will be discussed by the Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (DCCG) Committee at its monthly meeting at The Dome.

Committee chair Dr Eric Kelly, is also a family doctor practising in Bentley and lead clinician for Doncaster’s children’s services.

He said: “Breast milk is a natural source of goodness that can reduce a baby’s chances of getting a range of infections, allergies and serious diseases, including diabetes, as well as strengthening their bones. It’s also free and always available to mums on the go.

“We need to make sure the support is there to help new mums start and maintain breastfeeding.”

The DCCG is moving towards taking responsibility for organising and buying health care services for Doncaster people when the NHS Doncaster primary care trust ceases to exist next year.