The main reason mums stop breastfeeding is due to a lack of support which has had a profound impact on womenâ€™s wellbeing during the Pandemic. With the lifting of some restrictions, a Wakefield-based breastfeeding charity is inviting all families to support one another and celebrate all things breastfeeding with a Breast Fest and Yorkshire Day event.
The two events, organised by Families and Babies (FAB) charity, coincides with World Breastfeeding Week, a global celebration of breastfeeding efforts including breastfeeding promotion, support, education, research, progressive trends and normalizing breastfeeding as the gold standard of infant nutrition.
Yet due to a lack of support, funding cuts and health promotion 80 percent of parents start out wanting to breastfeed but 24 percent of those breastfeed for 6 weeks. Especially as health inequalities have become more transparent and breastfeeding helps to give babies optimum nutrition regardless of their background.
FABâ€™s Sarah Colley said: â€œThe biggest reason given nationally that people stop is due to a lack of support which has been an even bigger challenge for many families during the pandemic. â€œNo parent fails to breastfeed their child. However many have failed through having little or even no access to support in modern society.
â€œWakefield Families are very lucky to have Families and Babies (FAB) providing the awesome breastfeeding support that they do.
â€œWe are delighted to show this sign of unity following an extremely challenging period for many families and we canâ€™t wait to have fun, celebrate and signpost people to any support they may need.â€
The charity is based in The Ridings Shopping Centre, providing a safe space for breastfeeding guidance and mums as well as having peer supporters and volunteers who visit peopleâ€™s homes.
Sarah who has helped organise the new breastfeeding events said: â€œWe have a Yorkshire Day event at Valley Gardens in Pontefract on Sunday 1st August to celebrate Breastfeeding and us Yorkshire folk from 11am- 4pm which is the start of breastfeeding celebration week. Then a Breast Fest event on 5th August at The Hepworth Wakefield Gardens where people are invited to come along and celebrate their breastfeeding journey.
â€œWe will be there 11am-3pm and will be handing out celebration certificates. The cafe will be open for drinks and cake.
â€œPeople will need to bring a blanket to sit on and have a picnic if they wish.â€
The grassroots charity is also growing by relocating to a larger venue inside The Ridings, so they will be raising money through raffles and selling merchandise on the day. Or you can donate here: https://gofund.me/af6c38b4
Sarah adds: â€œLook us up on social media for access to support @fabwakefield or you can complete our online antenatal course www.fabtraining.co.uk usually Â£15 but free for all Families who pay their council tax to Wakefield, just call us for the discount code.
Please go to: www.familiesandbabies.org.uk for more information.