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Majority of babes breastfed at start

Mrs Sotik Sanderson with baby Isaiah. Mrs Sanderson has breast fed all of her children.
Mrs Sotik Sanderson with baby Isaiah. Mrs Sanderson has breast fed all of her children. Robyne Cuerel

AS WORLD Breastfeeding Week draws to a close, a spotlight has been shone on the number of mothers breastfeeding on the Fraser Coast.

Maryborough mother Sotik Sanderson said there were many positives to breastfeeding, but the best thing was that it promoted intimacy and closeness with her baby.

Apart from that, she says it's also convenient.

"If you're out anywhere, you've always got your supply on you, it's very handy," she said.

Mrs Sanderson is just one of the many local mums who breastfeed and, while more than 90% of Fraser Coast mums initiate breastfeeding, the number falls as the baby grows older.

Statistics from the Australian National Infant Feeding Survey show less than half of babies are still being exclusively breastfed to three months and less than one quarter to five months.

Mrs Sanderson said she was always considerate of others when she breastfed in public and had never heard negative comments.

"I make sure I'm being as discreet as possible," she said.

Mrs Sanderson said some woman really struggled with breastfeeding and should not be judged.

"I think it's a privilege, an honour and a blessing but I'm not one to say breastfeed only," she said.

Mrs Sanderson said a woman's health was also very important when breastfeeding.

"It's not just you, you need to think about everything you consume going to your baby," she said.

Breastfeeding

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies to six months of age.

Mothers can return to work and continue to breastfeed.

Under the federal Sex Discrimination Act, it is illegal in Australia to discriminate against a person either directly or indirectly on the grounds of breastfeeding.

Topics:  babies, breastfeeding, childbirth, health, parenting, pregnancy




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