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Breastfeeding Awareness Week May 19th-25th

This week is National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, and our infant feeding coordinators will be out in the community talking to expectant or new mothers in Mothercare.

Our midwives will be in the Ancoats branch of Mothercare on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20th May 1-3pmBreastfeeding
  • Thursday 22nd May 12.30 - 2.30pm
  • Friday 23rd May 1-3pm

They will be giving out advice on breastfeeding, and other information for pregnant women and new mums.

Breastfeeding give your baby the best possible start in life and benefits you too.

  • Breastmilk is the best form of nutrition for babies as it has all the nutrients a baby needs
  • Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from infection, because antibodies are passed into the breastmilk
  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother's risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer

Saint Mary's Hospital operate a breastfeeding helpline that is available Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm for expectant mothers or new mothers if they are any feeding queries on 0161 276 8910. There is an answer machine available to leave a message.

Saint Mary's Hospital has full UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative  status  for  breastfeeding and all healthcare staff are trained in helping and supporting pregnant women and new mothers and babies with breastfeeding.

The midwives run  breastfeeding support groups,  Breast Start at Moss Side Children's Centre from 9.30 am to 11.30 am every Thursday along with  another breastfeeding support group at Levenshulme Children's Centre every Wednesday from 1pm to 3 pm. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and babies are all welcome to come. For further information contact the Health Education Team on 0161 276 6914 or ask your community midwife.