Breastfeeding Celebration Week took place in June but the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Breastfeeding Peer Support Service wants to remind mums – and dads – that they run regular support groups across the region.
The groups are designed to provide all the information and support new mums, and mums to be, need when they are planning or starting to breastfeed.
Someone who knows just how valuable additional support can be is new dad Brian Findon. He and his wife Theresa had their daughter Ava-Louise in 2013 and son Christopher in April. Brian said: “The support groups were really good for Theresa and me. At first I wasn’t sure if it would be useful to us but it was interesting to learn that women with good support from their families are more likely to breastfeed for longer. It also helped up to bond as a family in a really relaxed and supportive environment.”
Breastfeeding Peer Support Co-ordinator for Stewartry, Jenny Walker, said: “As well as practical support and advice the groups give mums the chance to socialise with people who understand what it’s like to be breastfeeding a baby.”
Breastfeeding Peer Support groups meet at St Ninian’s Church Hall, White Park Road, Castle Douglas Thursday 1.30pm to 2.30pm; The Newton Stewart Centre (formerly The Hut) Tuesday 1.00pm to 2.30pm;
Park Children’s Services Centre, Stranraer Friday 1.00pm to 3.00pm.