Leading charity Action for Children is encouraging mums to join a breastfeeding drop-in group at its Vancouver Children’s Centre in Lynn.
Nadine Faulker, one of the mothers attending the sessions, said: “The breastfeeding group has been an absolute godsend.
“The first few weeks of breastfeeding can be difficult as it’s so new and you and baby are only just getting to know each other, so having other mums to share your concerns with and offer support is priceless.
Action for children family support worker and group organiser Louise Whitehead said: “Breast milk is the only natural food designed for babies and it has huge health benefits for both mother and child. It also helps develop a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby, which is important in an infant’s first stages of life.
“There are good reasons why some mums can’t breastfeed, but most women are physically able to do it. The problem is that it is not intuitive – it is a skill that women need to learn and practice before it becomes easy. We’re here to support mothers learn how to do it and how to keep doing it.”
Research from the Department of Health shows 77.3 per cent of mothers in Norfolk began breastfeeding their child in 2012-13 compared to 76.8 per cent the previous year. This compares to an average for England of 74 per cent. After six to eight weeks, only some 45 per cent of babies in the county were still being breast or mix fed.
The drop-in sessions at the Vancouver Children’s Centre, funded by Norfolk County Council, run from 12.30 to 1.30pm every Tuesday and are open to all mums.
From this month, the children’s centre will also run a breastfeeding workshop for expectant mums. Participants will receive a free goodie bag containing essential information and samples.
For details how to join either group contact Louise Whitehead on 01553 762805.