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Events to promote the benefits of breastfeeding

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2013
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Two events have been organised in West Cumbria to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.

This Saturday, 18 May, the West Cumbria Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters will be running the café at St Nicholas Church in Whitehaven from 10am to 4pm. They will be serving tea, coffee and light lunches, and there will be a raffle and cake stall.

And on Sunday, 30 June, the peer supporters have organised a sponsored walk, starting from the Emmanuel Church in Dalzell Street, Moor Row, at 2pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Proceeds from both events will go towards local breastfeeding support groups for mums in West Cumbria.

Sharon Rogan, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, said: “Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life but it can be difficult for mums without proper support. Our volunteer peer supporters are women who have breastfed their own babies and know how tough it can be, but how rewarding it can also be ultimately.

“The peer supporters offer invaluable help to breastfeeding mums so events such as these are really important to raise funds for the groups they help out at, and also to spread the word about the support available.

“We firmly believe that it should be the norm for women to breastfeed their babies in public places such as cafés, parks and libraries, so one of the aims of running the café for the day is to promote breastfeeding when out and about in comfortable, welcoming environments. Throughout Cumbria cafés and tourist attractions have stickers in the window to inform breastfeeding mums that they are a ‘feed-friendly venue’.”

For more information about breastfeeding help and support in north Cumbria, visit http://www.ncuh.nhs.uk/your-health/breastfeeding/index.aspx.