Saturday, 18 June 2011

Solihull’s young mums see breast is best for baby

Infant feeding coordinator Carmen Baskerville with Be A Star poster mums
Charlotte Haynes (left) with baby Rebecca and her sister Laura Heeley with Elle
Young women nationwide have been tending to bottle feed their babies but in Solihull more are now seeing the advantages of doing what comes naturally.

‘Breast is best for baby’ is the message behind Solihull’s breastfeeding service to get more young mums breastfeeding.

Midwives and health visitors are reporting a noticeable increase in the number of young mums in Solihull breastfeeding their newborns and more importantly, keeping it up.

Infant feeding coordinator Carmen Baskerville is hoping to encourage more with an extra push during Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which starts on 19 June. Along with breastfeeding facilitator Elaine Bates, Carmen will be touring Mothercare shops and children’s centre’s in the area to promote breastfeeding with mums and mums-to-be.

Carmen said: “One of the best things that only a mother can do for her baby is to breastfeed. This gives the baby the best start in life. We want to support women in their decision to breastfeed and help them continue to do so.

“Increasing evidence shows that for babies breastfeeding reduces the risk of gastroenteritis, chest and urinary infections, diabetes, allergies and childhood cancers and for mothers reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and hip fractures.”

Laura Bourne, age 25 from Coleshill, struggled to breastfeed her first son, Kai, when he was born seven years ago and gave up. Second time around, Laura had support from the service by going along to the breastfeeding café in Chelmsley Wood with Zane, now aged one year, and as a result has breast fed Zane for eight months. Laura has gone on to train as a peer supporter and helps other mums at the new breastfeeding cafe in Smiths Wood.

Laura explains: “With Zane I was determined to breastfeed but without help and support I wouldn’t have been able to keep it up because I was having difficulties. I’m happy to help other mums, particularly young ones because I know what it is like. The breastfeeding cafes are good because you can sometimes feel like you are the only one having difficulties but there you find out you’re not”.

For more information and to find your where your nearest breastfeeding café is, please contact Carmen on 07970811026.

Solihull breastfeeding service is part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Heartlands Hospital.

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