A BREASTFEEDING support group celebrated nature’s way of helping babies to thrive and appealed for more mums to join them.
Latch On – which is run by trained breast feeding volunteers – held a little tea party, complete with breast-shaped cupcakes to mark World Breast-feeding Week, which runs until Thursday.
The new and free group was set up to support women who chose to breast-feed their tots, and also for new mums to socialise.
One of the volunteers Kelly Spoors, a mum-of-six, from the Park Road, Hartlepool, said: “A bunch of us set the group up after taking inspiration from other groups in the region.
“There was nothing in Hartlepool though and we wanted to set something up for mums who chose to breast-feed in the town.
“Hartlepool is always at the bottom of the table for breastfeeding.
“The volunteers have all breast-fed and some of us still are. I’ve got six children and sometimes it’s a lonely place to be. Breastfeeding isn’t the norm in this town and sometimes it can feel like there’s no help or support out there.
“If you are a formula-feeding mum then there’s lots of people who can give you advice on colic and wind and feeding times but from personal experience. We don’t want to talk people in or out of breast-feeding and we certainly aren’t judgemental.”
One stipulation the group has though, is that you have to be a breast-feeding mum to attend.
Kelly said: “It sounds awful and I don’t want to make a divide, it’s just that there’s lots of places to go if you are feeding through other methods. We just wanted to concentrate on our speciality. So, if you’ve got any problems we will definitely be able to help.”
The group, which set up about two months ago and already boats up to 20 regulars, meets each Thursday from 1pm until 2.30pm in Cafe 177, in York Road, Hartlepool.