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Breastfeeding: why nurses need to encourage and support mothers with babies in hospital

The RCN’s latest guidance offers advice on promoting breastfeeding in children’s wards

The RCN’s latest guidance offers advice on promoting breastfeeding in children’s wards and departments

Emma Hobden, a deputy sister on a children’s ward, was admitted to hospital with dangerously high blood pressure when her son was three weeks old.

She had postpartum pre-eclampsia, which left her body swollen with excess fluid and, still recovering from a caesarean section, she had to fight to keep her son with her so she could feed him.

Emma Hobden and child

‘Apart from one male doctor, who was great, no one could understand why I wanted to keep my baby with me and breastfeed him,’ she recalls.

‘Breastfeeding was so important to me and it had been going well. As a nurse I had a

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