World Breastfeeding Week

This World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) will be supporting the importance of breastfeeding. 

LCHS Family Health Workers will be holding a stall at the Waterside Centre in Lincoln on Thursday, August 4, 10am - 3pm, giving out information and answering questions on breastfeeding. 

There is also a chance to win a manual breast pump and a home safety pack by entering a simple quiz. 

Staff will be promoting the LCHS breastfeeding website, which is full of lots of valuable information on all aspects of breastfeeding and has been written by NHS professionals.

Kelly Waldie, Social Marketing Project Officer at LCHS said: "The website covers a wealth of different areas when it comes to breastfeeding, including; feeding patterns and cues, expressing, emotions and skin to skin. It also covers how dads, partners and family members can help support Mum. 

Another key feature on the website is the ability for parents to find their nearest breastfeeding groups using the postcode finder."

The website enables mums to access information 24 hours a day, and also when they are out and about. 

Anita Wood, Strategic Clinical Lead for Universal Childresn's Services 0-19, said: "Breastfeeding mums or women thinking about breastfeeding their new baby can often have questions or anxieties about breastfeeding. Our Health Visitors and Family Health Workers are specially trained to provide support and advice to new and expectant mums. We also have the added bonus of our website, which can offer information when a health professional may not be available." 

Handy tips and ideas for breastfeeding when you're out and about:

  • When you are out enjoying sharing time and experiences with your baby, it is often difficult to tell whether you are giving your baby a cuddle or breastfeeding. 
  • Many breastfeeding Mums just carry on as normal and breastfeed their baby's like they do when they are at home. 
  • Breastfeeding Mums can often see more breast as you are looking down at an angle and baby's head often stops the breast from being seen by onlookers. 
  • Some Mums use clothing, scarves or blankets to discreetly cover themselves. 
  • Some Mums try brestfeeding in front of a mirror at home to see how they look when they are breastfeeding.