I’m sure you’ve noticed already but this week is World Breastfeeding Week. So, we take a break from our normal summer holiday service to talk about breastfeeding. Both of us RCK’ers breastfeed/fed and also formula fed at points and though it was tough at first (like really bad at some points), we were both glad we did. We could go for ages about the benefits of breastfeeding but in the context of this site, one of the things we really appreciated was that we could, to be not so delicate about it, get our boobs out when we were on the go. We’ve been talking here about places out and about we had positive breastfeeding experiences in, but we appreciate that it takes a bit of time to build the confidence to breastfeed in public. Our number one tip is to spend plenty of time around other mums who are breastfeeding, so check out your local breastfeeding cafes and groups, this will start you off down the path to confidently breastfeeding in public.
Launching this week as part of World Breastfeeding Week, this site will be a one-stop shop for everything breastfeeding in Salford, from pregnancy and beyond. The founders intend to help mum feel prepared for her journey right from the moment she makes the decision to breastfeed. There will be information and articles, important resources such as links to the NHS, National Breastfeeding Helpline and other support organisations, and an up-to-date calendar of events and groups going on right across the city of Salford. There is lots of support available, mums just need to be able to access it and know where they can turn to in their time of need. Breastfeeding in Salford is part of Be Open on Breastfeeding Salford (B.O.O.B.S, come on you have to love that acronym!) set up by Kimberly Bond and her team of supporters/volunteers, who also run the Visit From the Stork CIC which supports young parents in the Salford area. We love the work she has done to promote and normalise breastfeeding, including a breastfeeding calendar in 2016. BOOBS has kindly allowed us to use some of their images on this post and hopes you will help normalise breastfeeding by sending in pictures to their gallery too.
We love: the positive image gallery called #beautifulbreastfeeding
La Leche League is an international group dedicated to promoting breastfeeding but it firmly believes that this is best done at local level. LLL accredited Leaders are mothers who have breastfed their own babies who know that when a mother needs a bit of help it can’t wait until tomorrow. LLL offer mother-to-mother support via groups, phone calls and emails and have a range of online support options though we suggest the most effective method is getting to the meet-up if you can.
La Leche League Manchester meets every second Monday of the month at Cheadle Library
La Leche Bury meets on the first Monday of every month at Oddfellows House, Bury
The Breastfeeding Companion was launched July 2017 as an educational tool to support breastfeeding women across the globe. Based in Bury, Jackie Hall has used her extensive knowledge and expertise from over 20 years serving women in the NHS, to provide an online resource for breastfeeding women.
We love: the handy videos – if you can’t get to a group then seeing a video can really help you get to grips with a tricky new position
Please do let us know anyone who has been fantastic in supporting you while breastfeeding, we’d love to hear more. Plus you can check out our top places to breastfeed in Manchester and around. In need of a baby group over the holidays? We’ve got you covered with our top ten right here.