Mums encouraged to breast feed

New mums across North Wales are being encouraged to give breast feeding a go.

A series of roadshows' are taking place across the region, with experts giving advice and spreading the 'Breast is best message.'

Ruth Thompson runs a breastfeeding support group in Llay says:

'Babies are less likely to have tummy upsets, ear infections, chest infections, asthma, things like diabeties and heart dieseases.'

Kirsty is a mum of three from Rossett says:

'You don't have to worry about sterilizing bottles, mixing up formulas, leaving the house saying have I got this have I got that. Night feeds are easy all you have to go is get up sit in your chair and that's it.'   

Trained professionals will also be on hand to offer practical support and information about breastfeeding to new mums and mums-to-be, and offer guidance on how other family members can support their breastfeeding.

The latest figures reveal that initial breastfeeding rates in Wales are 67% compared to 70% in Scotland and 78% in England.

The breastfeeding roadshow will be at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Rhyl, between 11 am and 3 pm on Tuesday 27 April 2010.

To speak to a trained volunteer for information and support about breastfeeding call the UK National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212.