A breastfeeding awareness event held at Abbeyfield Park on 15th May 2006 has proved to be a huge success.
The event, which was run to coincide with National Breastfeeding Awareness week, was attended by over 40 mothers from the local community, eager to find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding for them and their children.
Trainee breastfeeding councillor Denise Palmer (pictured in the centre) was one of the volunteers providing advice to mothers and families along with a Breastfeeding Support Councillor and a midwife.
“There are many reasons why breastfeeding is beneficial,” said Denise. “It provides all the nutrients the baby needs during its first six months of life, builds up the baby’s immune system and protects against infections. It is also easier for the baby to digest.”
As well as giving the baby a good start in life, breastfeeding is also good for mothers.“It can help the bonding between mother and baby and even help the mother regain her shape after giving birth. Studies have also shown that mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer.”
Partners can even get involved as the mother can express her milk and transfer to a bottle. “It is also good for the environment as you don’t have to use sterilising chemicals to clean bottles,” added Denise.
If you would like further information about breastfeeding there is a breastfeeding café every Wednesday from 9.30–11.30am at the Burngreave Children’s Centre on Spital Street. The café is open to mothers and their families for advice and support in all aspects of breastfeeding.
You can contact Burngreave Children’s Centre on 252 5220.
by Claire Berry