Scunthorpe mums and babies headed to a local park on Saturday (August 3) to help celebrate World Breast Feeding Week (1 – 7 August).
Organised by local mum Lisa Hensby, owner of Baby Dinosaurs Kids Markets, the Scunthorpe Big Latch On event was supported by the Public Health Team at North Lincolnshire Council, Community Midwives, and breastfeeding specialists from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).
The event took place in Central Park, Scunthorpe and there was a countdown so that mums could feed their babies at 10.30am and link with other mums worldwide as part of a global Big Latch On event. Thirsty-one mums latched their babies on and 109 visitors attended the event.
Breastfeeding has a number of benefits for both mum and baby:
- It protects children from a range of illnesses including infection, diabetes, asthma, heart disease and obesity, as well as cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- It protects mothers from breast and ovarian cancers and heart disease.
- It supports the mother-baby relationship and the mental health of both baby and mother.
The benefits of breastfeeding are recognised worldwide and research published in 2016 found that increasing breastfeeding rates around the world to near universal levels could prevent 823,000 annual deaths in children younger than five years and 20,000 annual maternal deaths from breast cancer.
Lisa said: “It was a brilliant day. I’m over the moon with the amount of families that came along to support the Big Latch On. It’s wonderful to have the support from the local community to encourage mums to breastfeed.”
Penny Spring, Director of Public Health at North Lincolnshire Council said: “It’s fantastic to see events like this happening in our area which provide help and support to encourage our new mums to breastfeed with confidence.
“There is plenty of support available for mums who are thinking about breastfeeding and I would recommend that anyone wanting advice to get in touch with their local Health Visitor or breastfeeding support groups.”
Jeanette Lindley, RDaSH Community Nursery Nurse, said: “There are so many benefits to mum and baby when you breastfeed. This event was to support breastfeeding mums. There are sometimes barriers to breastfeeding and publicly feeding is one of those. This event showed that there is support in Scunthorpe and we want to support as many mums as possible to breastfeed”.
Mums who would like breastfeeding advice have a number of support options in Scunthorpe:
- Contact a local Health Visitor on 08000 199951.
- Find support and advice on the RDaSH website at: http://healthvisitors.rdash.nhs.uk/breastfeeding/