Local breastfeeding support group, Bosom Buddies, has moved location to Grianan in Stornoway. It was previously based at Adventure Island Soft Play.
Breastfeeding support groups such as Bosom Buddies encourage mothers to continue breastfeeding in an environment where they can share experiences with other mothers and ask questions or raise concerns with midwives and health visiting staff. The group has gone from strength to strength over the past six years, with growing numbers of mothers attending. The group takes place every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon.
Local midwife, Anne-Marie Maciver said: "Research shows that the benefits of breastfeeding start right from day one, so every day of breastfeeding is a reason to feel proud. This is especially important for the nine out of 10 women who stop breastfeeding before they want to. We have some excellent local groups in place that support women to breastfeed and encourage them when they are struggling, but we also want the families and friends of women who breastfeed to recognise the support they give can also make a real difference."
She added: "NHS Western Isles is committed to promoting breastfeeding as the healthiest way for a woman to feed her baby. It recognises the important health benefits now known to exist for the mother and her child. We would therefore encourage mums to attend groups like Bosom Buddies, where there is an excellent support network and the opportunity to chat with other mums about any questions, concerns or experiences."
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