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Event celebrates success of breastfeeding support programme

Published on Monday, July 4, 2016

A CELEBRATION event is being held for people who give up their time to support breastfeeding mums.

The event, on Monday 4 July, is being held by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), which provides ‘peer supporters’ for new mums who want to breastfeed.

Under the scheme, new mums get practical support before and after birth from mothers who have breastfed in the past. They offer their support from community locations such as children’s centres, and also conduct home visits.

The NCT has been commissioned to provide the service by Leicester City Council, as part of its public health role.

The programme specifically supports young mums, mothers with disabilities and those whose babies have special needs, although all mums are also welcome.

The celebration, at the Unitarian Church on East Bond Street at 1pm, will include a ‘graduation’-style event for peer supporters who have completed their training with the NCT.

The peer supporters – who are volunteers – will be presented with certificates accredited by the Open College Network, in recognition of completion of their training.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who chairs Leicester’s health and wellbeing board, will attend the event to hand out the certificates.

He said: “I’m really proud to be attending this event to celebrate the great work that the NCT’s peer support programme does. Since we launched this project in March last year, we’ve helped more than 100 mums to breastfeed their children.

“We know there are clear benefits to breastfeeding and research shows that 80% of women who stop breastfeeding would have preferred to carry on, so there’s a definite need for this service. We’ve also had some very positive feedback from mums who have benefitted from having a peer supporter.

“It’s another important step in our pledge to make Leicester a breastfeeding-friendly city.”

For more information on the service, visit www.nct.org.uk or search for ‘NCT Leicester breastfeeding peer support service’ on Facebook.

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