If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a BIG surprise!
Bosom Buddies, your local breastfeeding support group, is inviting mothers-to-be and breastfeeding mothers with their babies/children along to The Teddy Bears' Picnic, being held on Wednesday 28th June on the Stornoway Castle Green from 10am-12pm.
The free event will offer refreshments, friendly chat and a special Bookbug session, and the only requirement for those attending is that they bring along a teddybear.
Bosom Buddies, which meets every Wednesday from 10am-12pm in The Retirement Centre located on Bayhead, Stornoway, is planning the event as its big relaunch to encourage new members to the group. Women who are pregnant and those already breastfeeding are welcome to attend and take part in activities, obtain advice and support, and make new friends whilst their babies play in friendly and safe surroundings. Free swimming sessions are also held for Bosom Buddies members on the first Wednesday of the month at the Grianan Centre, Westview Terrace, Stornoway.
Susan Thomson, Health Visitor, explained "However mums choose to feed their baby is their decision but it is so important that mums are able to access good quality breastfeeding support. Whether they are already breastfeeding, hope to breastfeed in the future, or even if they have previously tried, stopped and want to try again, Bosom Buddies is here to help.
Bosum Buddies, which is led by our local Health Visiting team, encourages nursing mums to come together and offer support to each other. Our nursing mums can also offer a fantastic source of breastfeeding tips and are great for ongoing support, particularly when there is nothing “wrong” but a bit of moral comfort is needed, a friendly person to chat to and reassurance that you are doing it “right”. We also offer to parents the free Healthy Start Vitamin Drops for babies and children aged 6 months to 4 years, as well as information about the Healthy Start Scheme itself which helps to purchase milk and fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.
The Teddy Bears' Picnic will also give mums and mums-to-be the opportunity to let organisers find out what they would like at the weekly sessions, which may include practical advice on weaning and healthy snack demonstrations, first aid, music and movement, baby massage, keeping active, and talks from local services and groups to help families.
Susan added, "We are very excited at the idea of hosting the Teddy Bear's Picnic and hope for a good turnout. Even if the weather is not on our side on the day, we still plan to go ahead and hold the event in the Retirement Centre."
Parents are also asked to note that due to the Retirement Centre's refurbishment, Bosom Buddies will unfortunately not be meeting on 14th and 21st June.