Let’s make Calderdale EVEN MORE breastfeeding friendly!
Do you breastfeed your baby? Calderdale health chiefs want your help!
Breastfeeding mums’ opinions are being sought to help local businesses and organisations become even more breastfeeding friendly.
Whether you’re a brand new mum figuring out your baby’s latch, or someone who has been breastfeeding for years, you could help make things even better for Calderdale mums of the future.
Taking place as part of National Breastfeeding Celebration Week (June 17-23, 2019), the feedback collected will help create criteria for a new Calderdale Breastfeeding Award, given to businesses and organisations who make nursing mums feel welcome.
There will also be celebration events across Calderdale, including:
Wellholme Park Children’s Centre: A Session for mums at the Breastfeeding Friends Group on Monday, June 17, 10-11.30am.
Todmorden Children’s Centre: Back massage and pelvic health information with physiotherapists from “Physio and Therapies” based in Todmorden, at the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter led group. June 20, 10-11.30am.
Illingworth Children’s Centre: Hand and arm massage, nails, baby massage information, refreshments and a free raffle on Thursday, June 20, noon-3pm.
The survey and activities are a joint venture by Calderdale Council’s Public Health Team, Locala Community Partnerships’ Health Visitors, volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters, and Calderdale’s Children’s Centres.
This year’s theme is the benefits of skin-to-skin contact, straight after birth and throughout the early weeks of a baby’s life.
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Alison Walklate, Locala Health Visitor and Lead on Infant Feeding, said: “We know that mums feeling comfortable to breastfeed when they are out and about with their babies is vital – and that’s where our public buildings and local businesses can really help by offering those welcoming environments.”
Visit Calderdale Baby Cafe on Thursday mornings between 9-11am. You can get help and advice on anything from pain to the most comfortable holds and reflux, have your baby checked for tongue tie and have them weighed. I’ve been myself and it was incredibly reassuring and friendly. Currently, Baby Cafe is at Calderdale Royal Hospital (Parent Craft Room, Floor 2, Women and Children’s entrance, HX3 0PW). Check in at Maternity Reception and bring a nursing pillow if you need one.
Breastfeeding Groups at Children’s Centres: There are breastfeeding groups at centres including Wellholme Park, Illingworth, Todmorden and Boothtown. Call your local centre for details.
La Leche League: Monthly meetings in Hebden Bridge. There’s also a phone number for if you have an issue that can’t wait. Find out more here.
Talk to your health visitor, or midwife if you are still under their care
Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline, open ever day between 9.30am and 9.30pm. 0300 100 0212.