A MOTHER-OF-TWO from Caerphilly threw her support behind a campaign to promote breastfeeding during a national awareness week.

Breastfeeding Week ran until Monday, August 7 prior to which Public Health Wales has revealed that 51 per cent of Welsh parents were planning to nurse over bottle feeding.

The survey was carried out earlier this year as part of Every Child Wales, Public Health Wales’ new programme to improve the health and wellbeing of children under five.

The recommendation from Public Health Wales is to give babies nothing but breastmilk for the first six months; before introducing other foods and continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish.

Evidence shows that breastfed babies are more likely to be a healthy weight and are less at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease as they get older.

Caerphilly woman Naomi Dyke from Caerphilly, who is mum to four-year-old Elsie and nine-month-old Frankie, said: "In the early weeks, cluster feeding is normal.

"We had six or seven hour feeding marathons, this doesn't mean low supply, it's baby putting in an order for future weeks, as long as nappy output and weight gain are good then there's nothing to worry about. Trust your body.

“Have confidence in yourself, there is only a small percentage of women who physically can't breastfeed. Make sure you look after yourself, eat all the cake, or chocolate, they’re essential supplies for the early weeks.”

Karen Thompson, consultant in Public Health for Obesity Prevention and Nutrition for Public Health Wales said: “These results are important because those parents who were really positive about breastfeeding were much more likely to succeed compared to those who were uncertain.

“Unless we can change this, many babies in Wales will not get the many benefits that breastmilk brings in both short term and longer term health outcomes.

“We need to understand more about why some parents are unsure about breastfeeding and help to address those concerns in a positive way. If parents are uncertain we would encourage them to talk to their midwife or health visitor and they will be able to put them in touch with other mums who have breastfed successfully – above all we would say just give it a go, you may find it is easier than you think.”

For more information, visit everychildwales.co.uk or follow @EveryChildWales on Twitter and Facebook.