Event backs mums who breast­feed

The Oban Times - - News -

A GROUP group of NHS-trained vol­un­teers will hold a spe­cial open day in sup­port of breast­feed­ing moth­ers in Oban.

Bumps, Ba­bies and Be­yond, which met pre­vi­ously at the Go Ba­nanas play space, now meets ev­ery Mon­day from 10am un­til noon at the for­mer Happy House Nurs­ery at the Bap­tist Church Hall in Al­bany Street.

On Mon­day June 20, they will wel­come all to a pic­nic at their new lo­ca­tion to mark breast­feed­ing cel­e­bra­tion week and spread the word about the sup­port they pro­vide.

Although breast­feed­ing rates are grow­ing in the UK, they are still among the low­est in the world, with only one per cent of moth­ers main­tain­ing ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing to six months, as rec­om­mended by the UK health de­part­ments and the World Health Or­gan­isaton and UNICEF.

The vol­un­teers are all moth­ers who have breast­fed their own ba­bies and gone through NHS train­ing to help oth­ers in prac­ti­cal as­pects of in­fant feed­ing. The Oban group is open to all moth­ers and fa­thers, and par­ents-to-be, how­ever they choose to feed their ba­bies.

Vol­un­teers have plans for other spe­cial events for new par­ents and par­ents-to-be through­out the sum­mer and au­tumn, in­clud­ing baby mas­sage, first aid, baby-wear­ing and ma­ter­nity clothes ex­changes.

For fur­ther de­tails con­tact tra­cythorn­ton2@nhs.net.

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