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    Breastfeeding Support

    During this pandemic it has been necessary to stop all of our twenty-four support groups which are held weekly across the trust, these groups are sadly missed however we are working in partnership with our Sure Starts to get regular virtual groups up and running in your local area.

    Breastfeeding support groups aim to encourage and inspire you by other mums who are on the same journey, you realise you are not on our own, it’s a safe place to try out feeding in public among likeminded supportive people, you will make new friends and contacts and there are supportive, knowledgeable health professionals and peer volunteers who are available to answer questions.


    In the midst of this pandemic, breastmilk remains the safest and most protective method to feed all infants. To help to encourage and support you to breast feed or provide breastmilk for your baby during this challenging time of social distancing please find some useful resources and links which may help.

     

     

     

    BUILDING A HAPPY BABY begins in pregnancy and over the next two years building a close and loving relationship  with your new born baby and responding to your baby’s cues is good for baby’s brain development. Our poster and leaflet provides lots of useful tips on how to achieve this during pregnancy and beyond.

     

    ​Other useful Breastfeeding resources are:


    Breastfeeding support groups in the Southern Trust are now being held virtually.
    Clogher Valley Surestart

    Breastfeeding Support Group Bos-Zoom Pals
    Weekly on a Wednesday morning from 10am -11am.
    To book, please contact: 028 85549898
    Valerie Elliott, Health Visitor
    Newry Sure Start
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Weekly on a Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am
    To book, please contact: Email - Colleenw@newrysurestart.org
    Text only: 07593139260

    Kilkeel Sure Start
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Tuesday mornings from 10.30am – 12.00pm.
    To book, please contact: 028 4176 4718.
    South Armagh Sure Start
    Virtual Baby Cafe
    Running 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month via Microsoft Teams 11.00-12.30.
    To book, please contact: 02830830022 info@surestartsa.org
    Splash Sure Start
    Breastfeeding support group via Zoom
    Every Tuesday at 11 am
    To book please contact: 02838 313360
    Health Visitor Janet Cameron
    Dungannon & Coalisland Sure Start
    Breastfeeding support group via zoom
    Every Wednesday @ 10.30am-12noon
    To book please contact: 02887 729695
    ArKe Sure Start Armagh
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Every Thursday @ 10am
    To book your place, please contact: 02837518569 or text 07917235403
    Blossom Sure Start Portadown
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Every Thursday @ 12noon -1pm
    To book your place, please contact: 02838 337455
    La Leche League
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9.30am - 11.30am
    Helplines: 028 9581 8118
    www.facebook.com/lllni
    Star Sure Start Banbridge
    Breastfeeding Support Group via Zoom
    Every Wednesday @10.00am-11.30am
    To book, please contact: 028406 22475
    wendy.ryan@southerntrust.hscni.net


    For support please see below:


    Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers in the Trust

    Read about our Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers here.


    World Breastfeeding Week

    We celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in 2018 and met with lots of mums and babies in Rushmere Shopping Centre and The Quays Shopping Centre, Newry.

    Read more and view photographs taken at the events.