Corsham mums are being helped to give their children the best possible start in life, thanks to a new group.
Mum2Mum is a breastfeeding support group featuring local volunteers who have successfully breastfed their own children.
Free weekly sessions start at Church House in Church Street next Tuesday February 25th from 10-11am, with free refreshments and an introduction to baby massage.
The volunteers come from the town’s Barnardo’s Children’s Centre and have been specially trained by Wiltshire Council and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
They hope to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.
Barnardo’s project worker Adele Radice said: “We believe this is the first group of its kind for Corsham so we hope there will be lots of interest from mums or mums-to-be, not only from the town itself but also from neighbouring villages.
“Two of our own volunteers, Sam Sanders and Charlotte Mumford, will be able to talk about their own experiences and challenges. They’ll share the latest information and guidance, as well as signposting people to other sources of support.
“According to UNICEF, breastfed babies may have better neurological development and women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. It also helps to strengthen bonds between mother and infant.
“Mums are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a baby’s life but local figures suggest only just over half are still breastfeeding at six-eight weeks.
“Therefore we need to do everything we can to support them during this critical time. We hope this new group, run by mums for mums, will be a relaxed and friendly way to spread the word.”
Corsham Sure Start Children’s Centre is managed by Barnardo’s on behalf of Wiltshire Council and serves not only Corsham but also the neighbouring villages of Box, Colerne, Yatton Keynell, Lacock and Kingston St Michael.
The project provides a wide range of free activities including parenting programmes, soft play sessions and baby and toddler groups, as well as links to health services, training and employment.
Call Barnardo’s on (01249) 716254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org