Posted: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
This World Breastfeeding Week we reflect back on all the good work done in Hertfordshire to support breastfeeding mothers.
Hertfordshire children’s centres are now fully Unicef UK Baby Friendly accredited and mothers can get support or signposting to other support via their children’s centres which all welcome breastfeeding. There are support groups around Hertfordshire to help you with feeding your baby, whether you're breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Find out more at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for both mum and baby, including a lower risk of stomach and respiratory infections and allergies for babies and a reduced risk of obesity and diabetes.
After accessing breastfeeding support at their local children’s centre, mothers often give positive feedback. This includes a mother who said the breastfeeding support group offered a “really welcoming and reassuring atmosphere.”
Mums who haven’t been able to breastfeed before and were anxious about their pregnancy have found that the support is invaluable. Successful breastfeeding helps provide a positive start in life.
We recently celebrated the National Breastfeeding Celebration Week which takes place in June every year. As part of that week we held events across the county to try and raise awareness. For example, in Three Rivers we held events to encourage the local cafes and libraries to become places that openly welcome breastfeeding by displaying ‘breastfeeding welcome stickers’ in their windows. An event was also held in Chorleywood Library with mothers enjoying some light refreshments and a fun, interactive music session.
Jo Roberts, Early Years Practitioner, Three Rivers West group said: “Whilst this is all great work, women are still finding it hard to breastfeed their babies in public areas, often being asked to not do it at all or, in some cases, given a table cloth to ‘cover up’ whilst in restaurants. With the support from the general public, we can all play a part to encourage women to feel more confident to breastfeed whilst out and about, allowing them to do it: Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.”
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