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Health chiefs in Calderdale support World Breastfeeding Week

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are pleased to support World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2013) with Calderdale Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The theme for the week is ‘Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers’ and Calderdale Council, supported by the local NHS, is highlighting Breastfeeding Peer Support and the benefits that this early support can provide for both mother and baby.

Dr Hazel Carsley, GP and Calderdale CCG lead for Children and Women said, “Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start with breastfeeding, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery many new mothers give up. Yet it is during these first few weeks and months of a baby’s life that exclusive breastfeeding (without any top-ups with formula) can have the biggest impact on a baby’s health. That’s why we want to highlight the local support available.”

Paul Butcher, Calderdale Council’s Interim Director of Public Health, said: “We recognise how important breastfeeding is to both mothers and babies. Now that Calderdale Council has lead responsibility for Public Health services, we’re committed to making sure the right support is available in the community for new mothers so that we can increase the number of women choosing to breastfeed their babies.”

In Calderdale, pregnant women or new mothers can find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding by talking to their health visitor or community midwife. To help local mothers to breastfeed for longer, Breastfeeding Network’s Peer Support Workers offer tailored 1:1 support to mothers in a variety of different ways including text, telephone, and face-to-face support. Trained Breastfeeding Peer Support Workers are readily available in the community and can provide a lifeline to mothers with breastfeeding questions and issues. To contact the local Peer Support Worker service, mothers can call 0792 0466 660 or email: peersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk

Information about drop-in sessions can also be found on the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust website www.cht.nhs.uk/services/clinical-services-a-z/community-services/calderdale-breastfeeding-support/

Infant feeding coordinator Alison Bottomley, at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Breast feeding is a natural, healthy way of feeding a baby and marks a very special moment in a mums life.  We hope to provide mums with support, and help to make them feel confident and at ease.”

General help and advice about breastfeeding is available on the NHS Choices website:  www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-help-support.aspx

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