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Celebrating the milk of human kindness

Published Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Twenty four new mums have just completed a 13 week training course to become Enfield’s breastfeeding peer supporters. They will be stepping up to receive their certificates at a celebration to recognise their work.

In Enfield’s 23 children’s centres in all parts of the borough these mothers will be promoting the benefits of breastfeeding and helping new mothers to gain the confidence to help their new born children thrive.

As volunteers, the mothers will bring their own experience and their newly acquired knowledge to other mothers, encouraging them to breastfeed.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, said, “Breastfeeding is the most natural way to help a baby grow and develop and there are some obvious benefits.

“Research shows that breastfeeding helps in reducing obesity in children and mothers who breastfeed pass on their own immunities to their babies.

“In these times of rising costs human milk saves on purchasing formula brands, no bottles are needed, no expensive sterilisation kits and it is the right temperature.

“Promoting breastfeeding as a positive experience is best done by the people who know about it so I congratulate all our first peer supporters and wish them well in this work.”

Joanna Brett, one of the newly trained volunteers said 'As a mother of young children this is an enormously valuable source of support to local parents and I am looking forward to working with the Children's Centres to offer mothers the support they need to continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish'.

For information about your nearest Children's Centre and the services they provide please contact: Informed Families (IF) on 0800 694 1066 or visit the website

 

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