National Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2016

Posted by / Friday 24 June 2016 /
National Breastfeeding Week

We're calling on mums from Barrow to learn to breastfeed as figures show the town has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in Cumbria, and fifth lowest nationally.

As part of National Breastfeeding Celebration Week (18 June - 27 June), staff at our Barrow Early Help children’s centres in Barrow and Dalton are urging new mothers in  the town, and across Cumbria, to visit their local children’s centres where they can access the advice and support needed to make the best possible choice for their baby.

A group of Norwich mums even hold a special picnic on Friday 24th at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich to highlight the importance of community support for breastfeeding.

Volunteer coordinator at Action for Children, Vicky Peake, said: “Breast milk is the only natural food designed for babies and it has huge health benefits for both mother and child. It also helps develop a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby, which is very important in an infant’s first stages of life.

 

"The problem with breastfeeding is that it’s not intuitive - it’s a skill that women need to learn and practice before it becomes easy. Local mothers need to have the support there to learn how to do it and how to keep doing it."

Vicky Peake, Volunteer coordinator at Action for Children

“Occasionally, there are reasons why a mother can’t breastfeed, but almost all women are physically able to do it. The problem is that it’s not intuitive - it’s a skill that women need to learn and practice before it becomes easy. Local mothers need to have the support there to learn how to do it and how to keep doing it.

“It’s very important mums realise there is support available to help them make the right choices for their child when it comes to feeding and our children’s centres are a great resource, We have a fantastic, dedicated and fully-trained team of breastfeeding support volunteers and our groups are free, drop-in sessions – come along and learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby.”

By partnering with the health visiting and midwifery services, we offers support to mums-to-be in the last stages of pregnancy and mother who are breastfeeding.  Groups have volunteers that have been trained as mum-to-mum peer supporters, offering information and helping others to make informed choices.

For more information about our breastfeeding support in Barrow and Dalton, please contact Vicky Peake at Action for Children on 01229 471 655, email victoria.peake@actionforchildren.org.uk or download Barrow and Dalton Early Help's breastfeeding support and services leaflet.

We also run a Breastfeeding Support Line on 07843 466 379.

This year’s National Breastfeeding Celebration Week focuses on how everyone in local communities can support mothers to breastfeed, wherever and whenever they are. It also aims to raise the awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, their infants and the long term public health benefits.

The World Health Organisation recommends babies are breastfed exclusively for six months, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complimentary foods up to two years of age or beyond. Mothers who breastfeed in public are protected by the Equality Act 2010, which bans unfair treatment.

For more information about National Breastfeeding Celebration Week visit www.unicef.org and to share breastfeeding support stories on social media use #celebratebreastfeeding.

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