Mums urged to attend breast feeding event at Ferry Meadows

CPFT health visitors to give advice as call is made to help end stigma

Mums urged to attend breast feeding event at Ferry Meadows
17 June 2015

 

Health visitors from CPFT are holding an event in Peterborough as part of National Breastfeeding Celebration Week.

It is taking place at the cafe at Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane, on Friday, 26 June from 11am until 2pm.

Angela Chalmers, infant feeding lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said she hopes the event will encourage more mothers to breastfeed and help end the stigma that some women encounter over breastfeeding in public.

Angela (pictured, centre, with colleagues Tania Boreham, left, and Terrie Watson) said: “We’re hoping as many mums, pregnant women – as well as all other family members – will come down and celebrate with us.

“The benefits of breastfeeding for a baby's healthy development are clear and can be traced right through to adult life, so we’ll have lots of tips and advice which will include everything from leaflets to knitted breasts which we use to demonstrate to mums how to feed their babies.

“We need to make sure that we provide services to support mums to breastfeed, but also to adopt a positive approach across Peterborough to make sure that mums are encouraged and welcomed to breastfeed their babies wherever they are. That’s something that all individuals, businesses and organisations should be making a conscious effort to work towards.”

Organised by child rights organisation UNISEF, National Breastfeeding Week is now in its 17th year. The week-long campaign aims to "raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, increase social acceptance of breastfeeding and promote support for breastfeeding".

The event at Ferry Meadows follows confirmation that CPFT’s health visiting service was recently awarded full accreditation to UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative for the second time.

The rigorous accreditation process ensures that the care given to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and babies, is of the highest standard. CPFT’s health visiting team was first awarded the accreditation in 2013.

CPFT’s health visiting service offers advice and support to parents from pregnancy up until their child is five years-old.

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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