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Keighley Breastfeeding Buddies’ volunteer appeal
1:00pm Saturday 9th March 2013 in Keighley
More ‘Breastfeeding Buddies’ are being recruited in Keighley.
A new batch of volunteers is being trained to help a rising number of women choosing to breastfeed after childbirth.
Seven mums with breastfeeding experience have signed up for the 12-week course at Keighley Healthy Living (KHL), in Scott Street.
Among them is Steeton mother-of-one Claire Clayton-Stead, who said she had enlisted due to the encouragement and help given to her as a new mum.
Her son, Ben, now six months old, was born with a tongue tie, and breastfeeding was initially painful and difficult.
“I came to a breastfeeding drop-in group at KHL when Ben was about five weeks old and I’ve kept coming back ever since,” she said.
“I could easily have given up in those first few months, but talking to other mums and volunteers really helped me to carry on.
“As a Breastfeeding Buddy, I will be able to encourage other women to give it a go and help them along the way.
“Breastfeeding has so many health benefits for mum and baby, and it also helps with bonding.”
The free drop-in group at KHL is on Tuesdays, from 10am to noon.
Buddies attend the group, work on a one-to-one basis or visit other suitable venues. Information and support can also be offered over the phone.
Call 07990 700842 for further information.