Charlotte Church has called on other young moms to consider breastfeeding after new statistics revealed that only 42% of Welsh mothers under 20 start to breastfeed compared to 76% of mothers over 30.
The 21-year-old new mom, who breastfed eight-month old Ruby Megan, says shedding her baby weight quickly was only one of the many benefits of breastfeeding.
“It was really reassuring knowing that Ruby had extra protection from chest, ear and stomach infections, as well as from diabetes and allergies. On top of that, breastfeeding is free and really convenient – especially in the middle of the night.
“Experts say that young mothers are less likely to breastfeed due to a lack of understanding combined with social pressure from people who themselves may never have breastfed.
“Feeding Ruby myself has been such a positive experience and I would definitely recommend to other mums that they try it. I don’t know why so few young mums choose to breastfeed but I think there are a lot of myths out there. It’s important they hear from real mums like me and have all the information they need to make their minds up.”
I love that she has stepped up to support a really great cause. Young moms respect her in so many ways. Hopefully they will listen to all of her great points and try breast feeding when their babies arrive.
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