Breastfeeding team protests

Kettering, KGH, Rockingham Wing, Breast Feeding Support Workers launched on maternity wards, Eve Long with daughter Geneieve Long (2 days old) from Wellingborough with Sarah Louise Truss, 'Friday, 04 March 2011
Kettering, KGH, Rockingham Wing, Breast Feeding Support Workers launched on maternity wards, Eve Long with daughter Geneieve Long (2 days old) from Wellingborough with Sarah Louise Truss, 'Friday, 04 March 2011

Parents are being urged to join mothers on a protest march to save breastfeeding support services.

Mothers will march through Northampton and protest outside County Hall against the April closure of the Mum-to-mum Peer Supporters group at Kettering General Hospital and some children’s centres.

Josephine Southon, 26, who uses the service at Newton Road Children’s Centre in Rushden, said: “Come down and support the service because they are worth keeping and help many mums.”

NHS Northamptonshire will not renew the group, whose 60 volunteers are trained to help new mums feed their babies.

It has helped 5,858 people in the past year.

Josephine, of Fenners Close, Rushden, started breastfeeding her first child, but gave up because it was hard.

She decided not to breastfeed her next child. But thanks to the advice and support of the group she has fed her third baby for the past 11 weeks.

She said: “Breastfeeding is better for the child and I find it easier than having to sterilise the bottles. If it wasn’t for the group I wouldn’t be breastfeeding now.

“It helps loads of mums and it’s somewhere to go and talk about problems.”

The group also runs a drop-in group at the Ronald Tree Sure Start Centre in Kettering.

Protesters on the march, which will gather outside Roobarb & Kustard in Wellington Street at 1pm, will wear bright coloured clothes, wave a giant banner of children’s hand prints and play toy instruments to raise awareness of their campaign.

NHS Northamptonshire has said it will work closely with statutory bodies and voluntary organisations to ensure breastfeeding rates continue to rise.

To sign an e-petition visit www.tinyurl?savebabycafe.