It is widely agreed that breastfeeding delivers significant health benefits to new-born babies and promotes strong bonds between mother and baby. It provides the child with a perfect balance of vitamins and nutrients and protects mother and baby from infection and disease. That is why, when possible, the Department of Health encourages exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of a child's life.
I understand that breastfeeding rates vary nationally and I believe that it is important that local commissioners offer all new mothers the best quality of care. There are now 2,000 more NHS midwives than in 2010 who can provide women with the advice and support needed to breastfeed.
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