Support on offer for mums having trouble breastfeeding
If being a parent isn’t challenging enough, the last thing a mum needs is feeling helpless because they are experiencing difficulties breastfeeding.
Next week is World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) and what better time to remind mums that there is free local breastfeeding support available in Mitchell Shire.
Council runs weekly drop-in breastfeeding support sessions, with lactation specialist offering tips and advice on common breastfeeding questions including attachment, positioning and milk supply.
The sessions are held from 9am-10.30am at Seymour Maternal and Child Health Centre (55 Pollard Street) on Wednesdays and Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre (7 Skehan Place) on Fridays.
Maternal and Child Health Nurse and qualified lactation consultant Leesa Neilson said support was essential to establishing and maintaining breastfeeding.
“At the drop-in sessions, we can demonstrate minor alterations in position and technique that make a big difference to the effectiveness and comfort of breastfeeding,” Ms Neilson said.
“The most valuable help though is building maternal confidence.
“Education regarding normal feeding patterns and reassuring mothers that breastfeeding is a learned skill, and like any skill, it will get easier with practice and persistence is so important.” Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said with a growing population, the need for services to support families would increase. “Breastfeeding can be a really challenging time in the lives of many mothers, especially first-time mums, so these kind of support services are invaluable and as our population grows and more families move to our shire, the need for these services will only increase,” Cr Sanderson said.
Council is looking at expanding the breastfeeding drop-in sessions to the south of the shire when the new Greater Beveridge Community Centre is complete.
The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2018 is ‘Foundation of Life’, with breastfeeding preventing hunger and malnutrition and ensuring food security for babies, even in times of crises.
For more information on the breastfeeding support drop-in sessions, or any other of Council’s Maternal and Child Health programs, click HERE.