March breastfeeding drop-in centre launched to support new mums

(Back row) Karin Hewitt, Lisa Wood, Kelly Johnson,Susanna Martins, Anna Palmer. (Front row ) Gerry M

(Back row) Karin Hewitt, Lisa Wood, Kelly Johnson,Susanna Martins, Anna Palmer. (Front row ) Gerry Morley, Sarah Martin, Joanne Oakey. - Credit: Archant

A DROP-IN centre for woman who want to breastfeed their babies has been launched in March, with plans for one to be introduced in Chatteris.

The initiative was set up by children’s charity Ormiston Children & Families Trust, who run children’s centres in March and Chatteris.

The volunteers have gone through successful training and drop-in sessions started at the March and District Children’s Centre in Cavalry Drive this week.

Gerry Morley, who is leading the March Breastfeeding Drop-in Centre, said: “Around 70 to 80 per cent of women in this country choose to breastfeed.

“But of that number, around half have to give up within six weeks of their baby being born.

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“This figure is staggering and something our group wants to tackle. It has been shown that if new mums have access to others who have breastfed, then it can make a real difference.

“The volunteers in our group feel strongly that they want to offer the kind of support that some didn’t experience when they were breastfeeding.”

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Mrs Morley, who hopes to offer a similar service in Chatteris, said the emphasis was on a relaxed environment where mums can meet, get support and discuss issues they may be having.

She added: “Our volunteers have all had different experiences, both good and bad and, equally importantly, they are of different ages which we feel will appeal to mums in the local area.

“We want to offer some valuable peer support and also signpost to other services where appropriate.”

More information on the March Breastfeeding Drop-in Centre is available by calling the March Children’s Centre on 01354 656581.

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