Sunday, 1 July 2012

A BIG Thank you and announcing Competition winners

A huge Thank You to everyone who has read and commented on my posts and entered my competitions as part of the Amazing Keep Britain Breast Feeding Scavenger Hunt.

It's now time to announce the winners

*drum roll*

Charlotte aka @mummyfever gets to choose a necklace from Baby Beads.  Have a look at the website and decide which one you would like

Charlotte R.B has won a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover from Soft Bots

And finally Carolin aka @bcd2009 has won a vest top from Boobiemilk

As you might have guessed I am passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding. 97% of mothers are able to successfully breastfeed if they get the right support, yet only around 3% are exclusively breastfeeding at 5 months.  This is why National Breastfeeding Awareness Week and events like the scavenger hunt are so important.

Increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK could save the government a fortune in healthcare yet there is very little investment in it with most support coming from voluntary organisations.  It is a struggle to get the correct information to pregnant ladies and new mums.  Formula on the other hand has a huge marketing budget and even though they aren't allowed to advertise infant formula (only follow on milk) they still manage to influence people and undermine mums who may be struggling to breastfeed.

Formula is just about gaining weight: keeping babies alive.mBreastmilk and breastfeeding have a huge number of benefits in addition to being the best food and drink a baby can have. If my posts have persuaded even one person to keep breastfeeding one day longer I will feel this has been worth while.

I would like to say a huge Thank You to Karen from Boobiemilk who has spent a huge amount of her time over the last few months making this scavenger hunt possible.  I hope she is really proud of what she has achieved.

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