Free sup­port group for mums

Ruapehu Press - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Of­fer­ing sup­port to moth­ers in Tau­marunui for over a year La Leche League is prov­ing to be a valu­able asset for the com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal moth­ers have been join­ing monthly meet­ings to get help with breast­feed­ing chal­lenges and to con­nect with other breast­feed­ing fam­i­lies.

In­for­ma­tion meet­ings in­clude ad­vice on preg­nancy, par­ent­ing, nutri­tion, wean­ing and a free li­brary of books avail­able for par­ents af­ter the dis­cus­sions.

Leader, Sofia An­dreen said the fo­cus is on sup­port­ing moth­ers so they can reach their own breast­feed­ing goals.

‘‘We do not give med­i­cal ad­vice but we have a pro­fes­sional ad­vi­sory board of ex­pert health pro­fes­sion­als that we can call on.’’

La Leche League lead­ers are all moth­ers that have been through breast­feed­ing chal­lenges them­selves. An­dreen stresses that the con­nec­tion with other breast­feed­ing moth­ers is in­valu­able:

‘‘Hear­ing other peo­ple go­ing through sim­i­lar chal­lenges as your­self is of­ten em­pow­er­ing.

‘‘With sup­port and up-to-date in­for­ma­tion, moth­ers will make their own de­ci­sions on what will work best for their fam­ily.’’

The group meets 10am-12pm at the Plun­ket rooms on the first Wed­nes­day of each month. For sup­port be­tween meet­ings call or mes­sage Sofia on 8937885 or 021 1248338.

Es­ther Thang, mid wife Karen Walker and Sofia An­dreen.

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