Emma is supporting World Breastfeeding Week, which this year begins on Wednesday 1 August. To mark World Breastfeeding Week a campaign to promote the benefits of breastfeeding is being run by City of Wolverhampton Council. Emma is encouraging mums across Wolverhampton to show their support to by sharing their stories and thoughts about breastfeeding on social media, using the hashtag #WolvesBFF and #WBW2019.

Supporting the campaign, Emma said:

“The evidence shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop illnesses including gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections. Breast milk is perfectly designed for babies, and helps strengthen their immune systems. The health benefits can even be seen years later. Babies who were breastfed are less likely to be obese or suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels when they become adults, all of which are underlying causes of heart disease.

“Breastfeeding builds a strong bond between mum and baby. I am breastfeeding my second child at moment and I know that it can be really difficult. That’s why it’s important that mums get the support they need. I know that for some mothers and babies it sometimes just doesn’t work. Combination feeding can sometimes be the best option.

“I am pleased to see that more and more places in Wolverhampton are now breastfeed friendly. But it wasn’t so long ago when new mothers did not feel comfortable, and weren’t encouraged or supported to breastfeed in public.

“There can be nothing worse for new mums, with all the pressures and joys of a new arrival, if they don’t feel they can breastfeed their children when they need feeding and I welcome the rejection of the notion that breastfeeding in public is somehow socially unacceptable.”

There are two breastfeeding support groups in Wolverhampton North East. Details of those are below:

• The Children’s Village Breastfeeding Support Group, The Children’s Village, Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield, Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm, contact 01902 553945.
• Low Hill Breastfeeding Support Group, Low Hill Strengthening Families Hub, Fourth Ave, Low Hill, Fridays 9.30am-11am (term time only), contact 01902 553285.

At each group, there are trained breastfeeding peer supporters on hand to give mothers and mothers-to-be infant feeding support and information, as well as free refreshments. For details, visit https://bit.ly/2MqvUFP