Don’t be afraid to ask for support, say NHS Lothian

SPECIAL coffee mornings and a tea party are among a host of events being organised across Lothian to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding as part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week ( 11th to 17th of May).

NHS Lothian is a strong supporter of breastfeeding as the best way to ensure your child is given a good start in life.

Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said:

“We all know that breastfeeding is the best, most natural option for feeding babies but we also know that sometimes, establishing breastfeeding isn’t easy for some mums and the first few days after the birth can be a really difficult time. It’s really important that people – women and their partners – know that there is support and advice available from both the NHS and other agencies to help get breastfeeding established.
“Some women might not know other women who’ve breastfed, but we do. We have both experts and people from all sorts of backgrounds who are willing to help mums make breastfeeding work for them and their babies. It’s really important that women are not afraid to ask for help and support and the point of our events this week is to create informal places where mums and mums-to-be can get advice and support on starting and maintaining breastfeeding.”
Coffee mornings are being held at Gilmerton Community Centre and the community wing within Craigroyston Community High School while a special tea party is being organised at Simpson’s within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for new mums.
NHS Lothian is also providing an information stall at this weekend’s Parents Like US Festival in Leith Links, Edinburgh. The stall will be available on the Sunday of the three day event, while a second stall will also be provided at the Mayfield Leisure Centre in Dalkeith, Midlothian.
All health visitors and midwives have been given special breastfeeding-branded diary covers and charts for calculating birth dates.
NHS Lothian has a number of infant feeding advisers while the Best Buddies scheme, where mums who have breastfed give advice to new mums, has also been successful.