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Mums invited to make the most of the support available for their breastfeeding journey

This Breastfeeding Celebration Week, health visitors from Bedfordshire Community Health Services are urging mums to continue accessing support for breastfeeding if they need it.

Mums are invited to make the most of new services available in light of COVID-19 to support them on their breastfeeding journey.

They can call 0300 555 0606 or text Bedfordshire’s Parentline on 07507 331456 to get advice from the health visiting service. There is also the option of a video consultation with the Baby Friendly Team if needed.

Mums-to-be have access to an online version of Bump, Birth and Baby Stuff, the antenatal class run by health and care professionals from across Bedfordshire. This includes a full session on infant feeding.

Sarah Pickford, Baby Friendly Lead, said:

“Breastfeeding is one of best ways mums can give their babies a healthy start in life, so it’s essential that we continue to help mums to breastfeed in the middle of a pandemic when it might feel even more difficult.

“That’s why our teams have been going above and beyond to adapt our usual package of infant feeding support in light of the coronavirus restrictions.”

Support from a health visitor, whether in person or online, can help mothers to make the decision to continue breastfeeding her baby.

Tonia, a mum from Bedfordshire, said:

“I contacted the Health Visiting team in Bedford when my son was a month old, after experiencing pain and over supply while breastfeeding.

“As it was during lockdown, I was unsure of the support I’d have access to, but after a few video calls with Karen from the Baby Friendly Team I am still breastfeeding and going strong at 13 weeks! If any mum is struggling or in need of emotional support, particularly in these difficult times,

“I whole heartedly recommend contacting your health visiting team.”

There is currently no evidence to suggest that coronavirus can be carried or passed on in breast milk. Bedfordshire Community Health Services said that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of coronavirus through breastmilk.

These new services are a continuation of the support offered by Bedfordshire Community Health Services health visitors.

Click here to find out more about the Bedfordshire infant feeding team and what they do.