Doncaster new mums – breastfeeding help is available if you need it

Don’t give up on breastfeeding, there’s support available if you need it’ – that’s the plea from a specialist health visitor to any Doncaster new mums who may be struggling.

Claire Wyatt, Doncaster’s infant feeding lead, thinks some mums may have given up on breastfeeding due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent lack of face-to-face opportunities to share experiences with other mums.

“We can help. Simply ring the NHS’s Single Point of Contact number on 01302 566776 and you will be able to talk to health visiting staff who can provide advice and help you to continue to give your baby the best start in life”, said Claire, who works for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire’s message comes ahead of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2020), which this year will see a number of online activities rather than a physical get-together.

Claire said: “In past years we have staged the Doncaster Big Latch On as a picnic in the park to celebrate breastfeeding, which many mums have attended, but that’s not possible this year. Instead there will be a range of activities and resources that we are promoting in partnership with the Doncaster Mumbler website, Baby Dinosaurs, The NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and A Thorne in My Boob breastfeeding support group.

Caroline Brooks, who runs Doncaster Mumbler, said: “We hope it will enable new mums to come together virtually to gather information to help their breastfeeding journey. On Sunday 2 August at 10.30am we’re joining the Global Big Virtual Latch On, so mums can ‘latch on’ and breast feed their baby during the event. All they have to do is join in facebook and comment with an emoji to be counted in our Big Latch numbers for 2020.

“There will be plenty to see and do throughout the rest of World Breastfeeding Week, with lots of tips and advice from Doncaster’s health visitors, including features on responsive feeding, expressing, teething and much more.”

Councillor Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “Breastfeeding has many proven benefits for both mum and baby. It’s great to see how creative everyone can be in challenging times like the pandemic – I am delighted to see such important awareness-raising continue in a virtual way.”

• The Virtual Doncaster Big Latch On 2020 event can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/191999505336073/ Visit the Doncaster Mumbler and Doncaster Health Visitors facebook pages to find out what else is happening, or www.doncaster.mumbler.co.uk