Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has expressed her support for the launch of the HSE National Breastfeeding Week.
Speaking of health benefits, Mullan said much needed to be done to remove the stigma around breastfeeding:
“Breastfeeding has been shown by numerous studies to be the healthier option for both mother and baby.
“Breastfeeding protects babies and their mothers against a wide range of illnesses including respiratory and urinary tract infections, allergies, sudden infant death syndrome and childhood leukaemia.
“Ireland has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in Europe. A week of awareness can help in changing this and breaking the stigma surrounding breastfeeding.
“We will continue to fight the stigma, and encourage people to talk openly this week to ensure that the true benefits of breastfeeding can be brought to light.”