Date of release: 25 August 2020
Wolverhampton’s pregnant women and new mothers will be able to access live information about breastfeeding online with virtual support sessions launched this week.
While face-to-face groups are not running due to COVID-19, women can access ‘virtual’ breastfeeding groups online, via Zoom, run by The Breastfeeding Network.
The sessions, which have been organised by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in partnership with The Breastfeeding Network, a nationwide help and support service, start on Tuesday 25th August, and Thursday 27th August, from 10am to 12noon, continuing on each Tuesday and Thursday morning. For more information and to book a place, visit https://www.facebook.com/WVBreastfeeding or email email@example.com
Women at work may be able to ask their employers for time off to attend group sessions if they’ve been recommended by a health professional – they should ask their doctor or midwife for details.
Many women find it very helpful to attend a breastfeeding support group before giving birth, to talk to other mothers, ask questions and meet breastfeeding supporters. These are mothers who have breastfed and who have had training on breastfeeding and the support of mothers.
Stephanie Guest, Community Midwife for the Trust, said: “We have all appreciated how difficult it has been for new mothers during lockdown, when they have not been able to access their normal social support groups. This initiative will help to reduce the social isolation some mothers feel, as well as supporting them throughout their feeding journey.”
New mothers also value support groups to gain practical breastfeeding support and information from peer supporters, and to meet other mums to share their experiences.
For details of other sources of breastfeeding support and information, search online for ‘You and your baby Wolverhampton’ or visit our Breastfeeding Support page.
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