Picnic to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Mothers across Lothian are being invited to join a fun-filled picnic to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness week.

NHS Lothian has organised the event to promote the benefits of breastfeeding to mums and mums-to-be.

All are welcome to join the picnic which will be held at Vogri Country Park, Midlothian on Friday 24 June from 10am to 11.30 am. Refreshments and entertainment will be available.

The health benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child are widely known. It lowers the incidence in children of chest, ear, urinary and stomach infections, asthma and eczema and childhood obesity. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and hip fracture in later life.

Carolyn Worlock, Infant Feeding Advisor, said:

“We have a fun-filled morning planned and hope mums, their families and friends will join us to help celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
“We want to encourage more mums-to-be to breastfeed and there is no better way than to see and hear how others have found it. We hope the picnic will give people a chance to share stories and support.”

For further information on the picnic and other breastfeeding support groups in Lothian, contact Carolyn Worlock, Infant Feeding Adviser, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships on 0131 536 8180 carolyn.worlock@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

21/06/2011