Breastfeeding Support and Services
21/08/2014Many pregnant women and new mums may not be aware of the wealth of support and information available when making the decision about breastfeeding. Choosing to breastfeed will have a positive impact on the health of both mother and baby - right from the first feed. The Southern Trust invites all breastfeeding mums, babies, mums to be and toddlers to come along to free local groups for support or/and for information on breastfeeding. The groups are held in various locations throughout Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry.
The Breastfeeding Support groups give great support to new mums. Women are given the opportunity to meet other new mums, share experiences and receive information from a range of professional staff and breastfeeding peer support workers. Sources of support include contact details for Community Midwives, Breastfeeding coordinator, Breast Milk Bank, Health Visitors, Websites and Helplines etc.
The Southern Trust’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Service offers help and encouragement to new mothers who are breastfeeding. The Peer Support Volunteers are women who have breastfed their own children and who, with specialised training and mentorship from midwives, now support other women in local communities. This service is available in the form of telephone advice and if necessary a home visit. The Peer supporters will also signpost breastfeeding mothers to other health professionals for further support and information.
Pregnant women can also avail of free Infant Feeding workshops and Ante-natal education classes with the Southern Trust.
For further information on Breastfeeding Support with the Southern Trust speak with your midwife or health visitor who can put you in contact with your local Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer or Local Breastfeeding Support Groups. You can view full details on the Southern Trust website or contact Sandra Hewitt, Midwife on Tel: 028 3861 3749 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org