Mums throughout the borough can enjoy the support of fellow mothers and Walsall Healthcare’s Infant Feeding Health Visiting Team via a host of groups that meet each week.
Breastfeeding support groups run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with a helpline available throughout the week.
Lindsey Perry, Walsall Healthcare Specialist Health Visitor Infant Feeding, said: “It is so important that information and support is freely available for pregnant women and new mums in Walsall who choose to breastfeed.
“Becoming a parent is the most fantastic, special time but it can also be a challenge for new mums, couples and families alike and they do not have to cope alone. Breastfeeding has long-term health benefits for babies and mums need to know that someone can help them with any worries or concerns they have either prior to breastfeeding or during this.”
Mother Samantha Thompson is just one of many who has found these groups invaluable.
She said: “New mums can access feeding support from the Infant Feeding Health Visiting Team and Lactation Consultant Health Visitor, and also meet other mums and enjoy peer to peer support.
“At our group in Pelsall we marked National Breastfeeding Celebration Week, where the theme was support, and took a photo of our breastfeeding friends - someone who has inspired, supported and/or influenced each mother's breastfeeding journey. We celebrated the support that we all give to each other.”
Breastfeeding groups run on Mondays from 9.30am-11am at Pelsall Village Centre, High Street, WS3 4LX, on Tuesdays from 10am-11.30am at Darlaston Children’s Centre, Ilmington House, Crescent Road, WS10 8AE, on Thursdays from 9.30am-11am at the Midwifery-Led Unit, Charles Street, Walsall, WS2 9LT and Fridays from 10am-11am at Blakenall Children’s Centre in Blakenall Lane, WS2 1HJ.
The helpline is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday on 01922 656822.