MUMS and babies from across Wigan showed their support for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2012 by playing baby sports activities.
The event in Manchester was organised by Breastfeeding Strategic and Commissioning Lead at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan and mums, babies and partners took part in activities including Physibaby, run by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. Health experts state that breastfeeding helps to form a bond between mums and their newborn babies and also helps children to avoid obesity in later life. It is also seen to limit the likelihood of common health complaints in babies such as diarrhoea, ear and chest infections and eczema.
Alison Healey, Breastfeeding Strategic and Commissioning Lead at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, said: “The likelihood of a healthy life for babies is greatly enhanced by parents choosing to breastfeed instead of feeding their baby with formula milk.”