The Oban Times - - Districts -

GOOD qual­ity breast­feed­ing sup­port is im­por­tant for mums, which is why lo­cal Stornoway group Bo­som Bud­dies has been re­launched and re­cently held a teddy bears’ pic­nic.

Or­gan­ised by NHS Western Isles health vis­it­ing team as part of Na­tional Breast­feed­ing Cel­e­bra­tion Week, the event wel­comed more than 25 par­ents, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing grand­par­ents from Colom­bia in South Amer- ica, with their ba­bies and young chil­dren.

Held in the re­cently ren­o­vated re­tire­ment cen­tre, health vis­i­tor Anna Mackay says it was fan­tas­tic to see ev­ery­one hav­ing fun.

‘A num­ber of new mums and ba­bies came along, many of which had never at­tended Bo­som Bud­dies be­fore, and all were wel­comed into the group,’ she said.

Dur­ing the teddy bears’ pic­nic event, mums and mums-to-be were given the op­por­tu­nity to help plan the group’s fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties such as prac­ti­cal ad­vice on wean­ing and healthy snack demon­stra­tions, in­for­ma­tion on the Healthy Start scheme, first aid, mu­sic and move­ment, baby mas­sage, keep­ing ac­tive, and talks from lo­cal ser­vices and groups to help fam­i­lies.

Staff from the li­brary’s Book­bug team also at­tended to host a ses­sion fea­tur­ing songs, sto­ries and rhymes, with ev­ery­one tak­ing part.

Bo­som Bud­dies, meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 10am-noon in the Re­tire­ment Cen­tre on Bay­head, Stornoway.

Free swim­ming ses­sions are also held for Bo­som Bud­dies mem­bers on the first Wed­nes­day of the month at the Gri­anan Cen­tre, Westview Ter­race, Stornoway.

En­joy­ing the teddy bears’ pic­nic.

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