Breastfeeding clinic opening at Bourne doctors' surgery
A weekly clinic to support mums and their partners is launching in Bourne today (Friday).
The clinic aims to provide support for mothers who want to breastfeed their children, but who might want advice or need some help with it.
Dr Alex Mickleburgh, who has trained with the Breastfeeding Network and is herself a mother of two, will run the sessions every Friday at the Galletly Practice in North Road, Bourne, where she works as a GP.
Alex said: "There are so many benefits to breastfeeding, but the UK has the lowest rate of breastfed children in Europe and eight out of 10 women stop earlier than they want to. There can be many different reasons for this, but getting the right support at the right time can really make a difference."
Some of the work Alex will be doing with parents will be about positioning the baby differently so that it is encouraged to latch on more successfully.
This can reduce soreness for the mother, as well as helping the baby to feed more successfully.
The clinic is open to expectant mothers and their partners, and to the parents of babies and toddlers.
Advice and support will range from the benefits of breastfeeding, through to techniques.
"We want to offer a convenient, comfortable and safe place for people to access breastfeeding support," said Alex.
“Partners also play a huge part in providing support during breastfeeding, and so it is important that they feel welcome to attend too."
The clinic is open to anyone; people don’t have to be registered at the Galletly Practice to attend.
Sessions will be held from 1pm to 2pm on Fridays. It is free and there is no need to book places in advance.
For those who are unable to go along to the clinic, or who need support between sessions, the Breastfeeding Network national helpline number is 0300 100 0212.
Click here to find out about free first aid courses on offer at Bourne Galletly Practice in May 2019.