Health visitors to hold breastfeeding event at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough

Angela Chalmers (centre) with colleagues Tania Boreham (left) and Terrie Watson

Angela Chalmers (centre) with colleagues Tania Boreham (left) and Terrie Watson

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Health visitors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are holding an event in Peterborough as part of National Breastfeeding Celebration Week.

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

Angela Chalmers, infant feeding lead at the 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 said: “We’re hoping as many mums and 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 UNICEF, 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 the trust’s health visiting service being 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.