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Breastfeeding advice at event this weekend

Posted on Wednesday 15th July 2015
Breastfeeding peer supporters

Breastfeeding peer supporters in Penrith will be promoting their group at an event in the town centre this weekend, with a stand at the Penrith on a Plate food festival.

The group, which is supported by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, was formed earlier this year to help new mums and their partners in the Penrith area who are struggling with breastfeeding, or who would like more information and advice about it.

The peer supporters are taking part in the festival with a stand in The Soup Shop, Devonshire Arcade, Penrith from 10am to 3pm this Saturday, 18 July. They will be on hand to provide information and support for mums, mums-to-be and their partners, in conjunction with Count the Kicks, a charity providing information for expectant parents. There will also be an area for mums to feed their babies, information leaflets, a raffle with a ‘bump’ cake, donated by Shannon Colbear, and a breast pump, donated by Count the Kicks.

Rachel Mirfin, one of the Penrith peer supporters, said: “Breastfeeding is about more than just mum and baby. So as well as providing advice and information for mums and mums-to-be, the peer supporters will be on hand to help dads find out how they can support breastfeeding, and for businesses to find out how they can become more breastfeeding friendly.”

Peter Ward is chair of Penrith Partnership, the volunteer group organising the Eden Food & Farming Festival, which includes Penrith on a Plate. He said: “Having the Penrith Breastfeeding Group and Count the Kicks at Penrith on a Plate brings out a different dimension to food, highlighting a source of nutrition which is the first that many babies receive in their lives.”

Midwife Helen Ferris, infant feeding co-ordinator for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life and also has many health benefits for mothers, but it can be difficult without proper support. Our volunteer peer supporters are women who have breastfed their own babies and know how hard it can be, but also how rewarding it can be.

“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.”

The Penrith Breastfeeding Group runs every Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm at Penrith Leisure Centre. Older siblings are welcome too. Visit the group’s Facebook page for further information. The peer supporters – Rachel Mirfin, Helen Wilson, Rachel Bolson, Nicola Pattinson, Laura Sanders and Jessica Hayes – have all completed a training course run by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust on subjects including basic breastfeeding management and support, and safeguarding.

For further information on the Eden Food & Farming Festival visit or call 017683 51699.