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Right Arrow Trust Midwives support National Breastfeeding Awareness Week
10 May 2006 at 15:57
As part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, midwives from Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will be giving advice to new mothers at Mothercare at Aintree Retail Park. They will be at the store on the afternoons of Monday 15th May and Friday 19th May.

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week will run from Sunday 14th May to Saturday 20 May.

Carole Brazier, Maternity Co-ordinator at the Trust said, “National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which has been running since 1993, aims to help raise awareness with potential mums and dads on the benefits to both mum and baby of breastfeeding. It also hopes to raise public awareness and make breastfeeding more acceptable and for public places such as shops and public buildings to be more accommodating to mums who breastfeed. The public toilet is not an acceptable place to have to feed a baby, more changing facilities are now provided for dads as it is accepted that they take a part in bringing up baby, but the same level of facilities aren’t always provided for mums to feed. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women and help prevent infections, obesity, diabetes and dental cavities in babies and children.”

There are currently breastfeeding support groups in West Lancashire in Burscough, run by the health visitors and Midwives, and in Skelmersdale facilitated by Sure Start*. The one in Burscough opened last week and new members, both postnatal and antenatal mums, are very welcome. It is held on a Tuesday at 11 am, at Burscough Health Centre, Stanley Court, Burscough. Mums, health visitors and midwives offer support to each other in an informal setting. Our midwives are also involved with teaching the junior doctors through the West Lancashire Breastfeeding strategy group.

* Sure Start is the government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. We bring together, early education, childcare, health and family support.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714