Mums can get breastfeeding help at new support group

Families in Boston can get breastfeeding help and make friends at a relaunched support group in town.

The Boston Breaststart Breastfeeding Group is hoping to welcome new members as it celebrates moving to the Carlton Road Children’s Centre for its first session on Tuesday.

The group, supported by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), is run by mums who have been specially trained to help and runs from 10am to 11.30am on Tuesday.

Those who join can take advantage of a range of resources, including a breastfeeding library, sling and breast pump hire.

Mandy Street, Infant Feeding Coordinator at LCHS, said: “The Boston breastfeeding peer supporters are an enthusiastic group of mums who have completed a 12-week training course and developed additional knowledge and skills to support other breastfeeding mothers.

“Breastfeeding support is crucial to breastfeeding success and evidence suggests that mother-to-mother support, along with access to specialist support, is key to promoting and supporting long-term breastfeeding.

“The event on Tuesday is a chance to come and see what Breaststart groups are all about, and we would love to see some new faces joining the group.”

Public Health Consultant Lynne McNiven, who is Assistant Director of Public Health at NHS Lincolnshire, will be joining the celebration to officially relaunch the group.

She added: “I am delighted that Boston mums will be able to receive breastfeeding support and guidance at this new Breaststart group.

“I know that many of the other groups across Lincolnshire have proved very successful and are valued by local mums.

“Breastfeeding your child can help protect them from infections and illness and help reduce child obesity.

“For women it can reduce the risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis and ovarian cancer. It really is the healthiest food for you and your baby.

“We are committed to supporting women to breastfeed with 25 support groups across the county and dedicated infant feeding co-ordinators.”

The groups meets every Tuesday. To find out more call in at any of the group’s sessions or log on to the Breastfeeding Support Lincolnshire page on Facebook.