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Breastfeeding awareness week in 2014

Posted on Friday 6th June 2014
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A series of events are being held across West Cumbria to mark Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2014 starting with the re-launch of the Maryport Breastfeeding Group at the West Allerdale Sure Start Children’s Centre, Ennerdale Road Maryport.

The group will be meeting weekly from 10.30am–12.00pm from Wednesday 11 June. The group aims to support breastfeeding mums, peer supporters, midwives and health visitors.

Volunteer peer supporters are mums who have breastfed their own children and then undertaken additional training with NHS infant feeding coordinators to enable them to offer support to other breastfeeding women. They give lots of encouragement and reassurance and can assist with positioning and attachment of the baby.

This is a completely free service in conjunction with the West Allerdale Sure Start Children’s Centre - it is very informal and anyone is welcome to attend antenatal or postnatal.

Health professionals are on hand to deal with any breastfeeding issues whether you are a new or experienced mum:

Maryport Midwives  01900 811840

Health Visitors 01900 811844

West Allerdale Children’s Centre 01900 818726 

Nicki Bourne, infant feeding coordinator 07825725552

Nicki Bourne, infant feeding coordinator at West Cumberland Hospital said: “Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life but it can be difficult for mums without proper support. The groups in West Cumbria provide women with the opportunity to speak to myself and the volunteer peer supporters who are women who have breastfed their own babies and know how tough it can be, and also how rewarding it can be. It gives new mums the chance to speak to other new mums – to share their experiences and just to have a chat.

Breast feeding is a fantastic way of ensuring your baby stays strong and healthy, not only when they are tiny but later in life too. It can help make their immune system stronger which will help avoid illnesses. We are here, on hand to help with any issues you may experience and help you and baby have a happy breastfeeding experience.

“The events which are happening this week and next week are important not only to raise funds but to spread the word about the support available to new mums in West Cumbria.”

The week of events includes:

  • The Big Pram Push Tea and Cakes Event: 11 June 10.30am, meeting at West Allerdale Sure Start Children’s Centre, Ennerdale Road, Maryport. Walking to Her Citi Café 107 Crosby Road. All mums and babies and mums-to-be are welcome
  • Local Breast Feeding Awareness, St. Nicholas Café, Whitehaven, Saturday 28June, 9:30am-4.30pm, organised by Breast Feeding Peer Support Group where there will be a raffle and cake stand

For further details please contact Nicki Bourne, infant feeding coordinator, West Cumberland Hospital, 07825725552 or West Allerdale Children’s Centre 01900 818726

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