Fathers Day- How can dads support breastfeeding?

In honour of Fathers Day yesterday, we’ve created a new info graphic to provide information for new dads and dads to be….

Dads and partners are welcome at all of our antenatal sessions (to find out more and book click here) and one of the questions we are most commonly asked is ‘how can I support mum and bond with my baby when baby is breastfed?’

We know that dads don’t need breasts or bottles to bond with their babies, but it can feel a little daunting when mum seems to be doing all the hard work trying to get feeding established! There are still lots of ways you can help to support mum with feeding as well as develop a strong bond with your little one. Use our suggestions as a starting point and find what works for you as a family!

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Breastfeeding Together Host “Big Latch On”

Breastfeeding Together hosted the ‘Big Latch On’ 2017 at Pennington Park in Leigh On Friday 4th August at 9.45-11am, with a great turnout for the event. We had:

  • Total mothers – 28
  • Total children being breastfed – 24
  • Total people attending – 73

The Global Big Latch On takes place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding.

Volunteers from within the local community host each location. Hosting a Global Big Latch On creates a lasting support network between people in the local community, and on a national and international scale.

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Breastfeeding Flash Mob And More – Celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Wigan charity Breastfeeding Together has put together an exciting programme of events for Breastfeeding Awareness month in June.

Breastfeeding mums past, present and future, and supporters of breastfeeding including dads and grandparents, are encouraged to come along to the events across the Wigan borough.

Events include the annual flash mob at Wigan’s Grand Arcade, a picnic at Pennington Park in Leigh, an information stall in Spinning Gate shopping centre, and parties at all the local breastfeeding groups. There is also a grand prize raffle with prizes including play centre vouchers, mum and baby fitness classes, cinema vouchers and meals out.  Please see the attached timetable of events for more details and addresses for our events throughout the month.

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From Bottles To Boobs: Fiona’s Story

When I was pregnant with my first and second child in 2009/10 I remember being asked if I was going to breast or bottle feed and when answering that I was unsure was given a breastfeeding DVD and it not being mentioned again, I really didn’t know at that time about the benefits of breastfeeding  – only saw the restrictions I thought it would have on my lifestyle.  As neither my mum nor my grandma had breastfed it wasn’t something which was discussed or encouraged by my family. I then made the decision to bottle feed my first two children.

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New Breastfeeding Support Group Gets Off To A Flying Start

Volunteers from charity Breastfeeding Together have set up a new support group to help breastfeeding mums in the Golborne/Lowton area. The group has been open for two weeks but has already seen good attendance levels.

Breastfeeding Together Volunteers Francesca Lowe and Laura Thompson set up the group after seeing the need for support in their local community.

The group is located at Treetops Play and Party Cafe in Golborne and is open to breastfeeding mums looking for a way to connect with other parents, and antenatal mums seeking information.

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