Breastfeeding support Service celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Week

29/06/2012

Breastfeeding support services in Belfast Trust celebrated Breastfeeding Awareness Week with a ‘Pamper Day’ in North Belfast. Our midwifery and health visiting services joined local Sure Starts, the Breastfeeding Mothers group ‘Magic Milk’ and the ‘Mum-to-Mum’ Peer Support service to offer Mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers some much needed ‘me-time’ by hairdressers, beauty therapists, reflexologists and others pampering providers.

Recognising the importance of breastfeeding and the many health benefits it offers for both mother and baby, health professionals and local peer support volunteers were on hand to provide breastfeeding support and information.

Regional breastfeeding peer support training

The evidence base for increasing breastfeeding rates suggests that improving breastfeeding support involves implementing best practice standards in health care settings alongside provision of mother-to-mother support (peer support) initiatives.

Earlier in the week, the breastfeeding peer supporters had received certificates from Dr. Heather Livingstone (PHA) to mark their successful completion of the regional breastfeeding peer support training. This training is accredited by the Open College Network NI.