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Breastfeeding support in Wigton

Posted on Thursday 16th February 2012
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Seven mums from the Wigton and Carlisle area have successfully completed Breastfeeding Peer Support Training. To celebrate this achievement, an event will take place at Rookies Soft Play in Wigton on Monday 20 February at 10.30am.

The certificates of achievement will be presented to the mums by Meredith Jardine (Maternity Manager for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust) and Sarah Cooper from NHS Cumbria.

The training scheme has been a joint venture between Helen Ferris (Infant Feeding Coordinator at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust) and Kathleen Conway (Wigton and Solway Health Visitor). Helen has recruited the peer supporters and provided the training whilst Kathleen and her team will work in partnership with the volunteer peer supporters to provide a new breastfeeding support group at Rookies in Wigton and a telephone support network under the supervision of a health professional.

Meredith Jardine, Midwifery Manager for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Breastfeeding peer supporters can support parents who are thinking about or have decided to breastfeed and help mums who are having problems or concerns.

“The breastfeeding support service is informal and works in partnership with local health professionals, including midwives. We must give a big thank you to all those who have supported the peer supporters in their training.”

It is hoped that the new group in Wigton which takes place on Mondays from 10am – 11.30am, will provide valuable support to pregnant women interested in breastfeeding and breastfeeding mums in the area.

The room has kindly been provided by Sarah Studholme, the owner of Rookies and the purchase of toys has been supported by the Cumberland Building Society Mediquip for Kids.