Mums enjoyed a chat over tea, coffee and cake with the opportunity to engage with early life and breastfeeding education and, support services including Surestart, Libraries NI and Northern Health and Social Care Trust. The event featured a talk from Carol Smyth, IBCLC, a certified lactation consultant who encouraged mums to share their experiences and seek advice from professionals and other mums.
The event promised fun for mums and babies alike who all joined in some educating, stimulating and sensory activities for the babies such as ‘Baby Yoga,’ ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’ and ‘Wiggle It.’
Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Rosie Kinnear, commented, “I am delighted to see so many mums come together and celebrate the importance of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. We are proud to have created a space where mums could come together, share their experiences and learn from each other.”
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2023 was “Step up for breastfeeding education and support.”
If you are a mum who is breastfeeding, or if you are thinking about breastfeeding, there are many resources available to help you succeed. You can talk to your doctor, a lactation consultant, or a support group. There are also many online resources available.