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Wye Valley NHS Maternity, Health Visiting, Children's Centre Services, Maternity Voice Partnership, Public Health and voluntary bodies including NCT have got together to have a joined approach to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from July 31 – August 7. Their aims are to normalise and raise the profile of breastfeeding in Herefordshire, and to publicise the support on offer locally and nationally, even whilst in the midst of a pandemic.
A programme of daily events have been organised and start on Friday, July 31 at 10am with the Global Big ‘virtual’ Latch On. The latch on events aim to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families. This will be followed by some parent and baby singing, yoga and story telling. For further details and to book onto the events search for Herefordshire Breastfeeding Information on Facebook or visit www.wyevalley.nhs.gov.uk and search for ‘infant feeding’.
Arwen Nixon, Wye Valley NHS, Trust Public Health Midwife, said “'We know having a new baby can be a daunting time especially in the current situation with issues of antenatal workshops, normal parent and baby groups and support groups being put on hold. We wanted to come together as a community to showcase what support there is still out there, share some relevant information and undertake some on line groups with your baby.”
Alice Lucken, Wye Valley NHS Trust,Specialist Infant Feeding Lead for Health Visiting said “Please join us this week whether you are a new parent or parent to be. We are covering topics such as having a baby in a pandemic, mother and baby yoga and massage, sing and rhyme and where to go for support.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
• Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
• By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
• With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928