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Knowsley Breastfeeding Support

by Sandra Issar

This World Breastfeeding Week, 1 to 7 August, Knowsley is highlighting the fantastic local support available for mothers and babies.

To raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, World Breastfeeding Week is held every year, and is celebrated in 120 countries.

This year #WBW2020 will focus on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people

Mum, Vicky from Prescot, said:

“I have always wanted to breastfeed and received support during my short stay in hospital when my baby boy was born. Once home I felt really anxious about breastfeeding. However, the day after I was discharged from hospital I got a phone call from Bosom Buddies who support local breastfeeding mums. I instantly felt at ease, talking through my worries about breastfeeding, receiving advice and being praised for continuing to feed my baby by breast.

Knowsley Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies is a friendly team of health professionals and local mums who have breastfed their own babies and want to help other mums do the same. The team supports pregnant women and new mums through the first eight weeks to help mums breastfeed if they choose to do so.

The team will contact mums at home within 48 hours of leaving hospital with their new baby and continue to provide up to eight weeks of support.

For more information about Bosom Buddies contact Knowsley’s Breast Feeding Support team on 0151 244 3269 or visit: http://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/Breastfeeding-Knowsley

Online support

There is also a range of digital support to help guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding and beyond. Digital resources are available at any time of the day or night, complementing the support and advice from health care professionals and breastfeeding specialists.

The Breastfeeding Friend from Start 4 Life available on Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Facebook Messenger.

There’s lots of helpful information on the Start4Life website and you can sign up to receive weekly emails and videos with advice about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding boosts baby’s ability to fight illness and infection, and lowers a mother’s risk of breast cancer. It may also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and it burns around 500 calories a day.

Local breastfeeding rates have increased slightly over recent years. Currently, 48% of new mums start breastfeeding in Knowsley compared to 67% nationally. This falls to 21% by 6 weeks (compared to a national rate of 46%).

Inspire others with a poem

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2020 NHS Improving Me invite you to get creative and write a poem about Breastfeeding and the benefits to the environment.

Submit your poem by Friday 31 July 2002 by email: info@improvingme.org.uk or share via Twitter @improvingme1 or Facebook – Improvingme1

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“Breastfeeding for even a short period brings many health benefits to mother and baby and World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity to highlight the fantastic services available to support mothers and babies.”

For more information about Bosom Buddies contact Knowsley’s Breast Feeding Support team on 0151 244 3269 or visit: http://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/Breastfeeding-Knowsley