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Local breastfeeding peer support services available

Friday 1 August 2014 marked the start of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week. To support and celebrate this we’d like to remind you about the fantastic peer support service we run across the NNE area.

With the right support, breastfeeding can be a  wonderful experience for mum and baby. But we know it’s not always easy! To support new mums across the NNE patch, earlier this year we commissioned County Health Partnerships to run a new breast feeding peer support service.

We have a team of coordinators whose job it is to support new mums to breast feed their babies. Our coordinators are also local mums, who have breastfed and are keen to help other mums comfortably do the same.

There are three breastfeeding coordinators:

  • Carla covers Arnold and can be contacted on: 07580 786879
  • Donna covers Hucknall, Newstead and surrounding areas and can be contacted on: 07815 701199
  • Jeanette covers Carlton, Netherfield and surrounding areas and can be contacted on: 07815 701151

If you’re a mum who needs some extra support with breastfeeding your baby, our coordinators can help you with:

  • Providing encouragement and support with breastfeeding when you leave hospital
  • Giving you access to the ‘Antenatal Infant Feeding Programme’ in Netherfield, Carlton, Arnold and Hucknall.
  • Offering one-to-one support in the community or in the comfort of your own home
  • Providing telephone support available Monday to Friday between 9am -5pm.
  • Visiting you in your own home in those early days to support and sustain breastfeeding

For urgent out of hours 9.30am-9.30pm National Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212,
La Leche League (24 hours, 7 days a week: 0845 120 2918)

World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000, the eight global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were
set in 1990 by governments and the United Nations to fight poverty and promote healthy and sustainable
development by 2015. Breastfeeding is linked to them all.

This year the WABA Coordinated World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme responds to the current MDG
countdown process by asserting the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and
support of breastfeeding by engaging as many groups, and people of various ages as possible on this issue.

WBW aims:

  • To inform people about the MDGs and how they relate to  breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).
  • To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in improving breastfeeding and IYCF.
  • To call attention to the importance of STEPPING UP actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDGs  AND in the post -2015 era.
  • To stimulate interest amongst young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today’s changing world.

For more details visit the WABA website

For online tips about breastfeeding, take a look at the information on NHS Choices

 

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