Breastfeeding Awareness Week
As part of Breastfeeding Awareness Week, mums have an opportunity to learn more about the support that is available to them at a special family picnic organised by the Salisbury Breastfeeding Peer Support Network.
The picnic, which will take place in Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury on Wednesday, 27 June, will also give successful breastfeeding mums an opportunity to share their experiences and encourage others who may be experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding.
Faith Martin, Salisbury Breastfeeding Peer Support coordinator said: “This picnic gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about breastfeeding, and ensure that all mothers are aware of where to access support should they need it. It also enables us to remind everyone of the importance of breastfeeding and the long term benefits for mother and baby.”
“The event aims to be fun day for all involved where families can celebrate and share their experiences and where people get information and support about breastfeeding. We will have breastfeeding peer supporters and a breastfeeding counsellor available on the day and they will be able to listen and talk to women and offer support and information.”
The picnic starts at 12 noon and all are welcome. There will be a breastfeeding quiz which will be held on the day in and around Salisbury with a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. There will also be breastfeeding wristbands available on the day with the slogan ‘Keep Calm And Carry On Breastfeeding’.”
Notes to editors:
1. Photo Opportunity:
There will be a photo opportunity on Wednesday, 27 June at 12 noon in the Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury. If you would like to attend please contact Faith Martin (Details below)
2.Breastfeeding peer support in Wiltshire is a key element of the Wiltshire Breastfeeding Strategy which aims to increase the number of mothers who initiate and sustain breastfeeding across the county. Accredited training for peer supporters continues to be delivered in areas where there are known to be fewer women breastfeeding
3. The Salisbury Breastfeeding Network is coordinated by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
4. Breast feeding peer supporters provide valuable help and encouragement to women and complement the role of health professionals such as midwives and health visitors. Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are mothers who have breastfed themselves and have received additional training in supporting breastfeeding. They are in important part of the support system that is in place to help women along their breastfeeding journey.
If you would like further information please contact:
Salisbury Breastfeeding Peer Support coordinator