Bosom Buddies – Sunderland breastfeeding group reaching out to fellow mums

(l-r) Lindsey Long with Scarlett, Gemma Armstrong with Elsa, Janine McNulty with Ellie-Mae, and Hazel Holland with Nancy.
(l-r) Lindsey Long with Scarlett, Gemma Armstrong with Elsa, Janine McNulty with Ellie-Mae, and Hazel Holland with Nancy.
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A breastfeeding group will be meeting at Sunderland Minster for the first time in a bid to reach more mums.

Bosom Buddies, which aims to encourage more parents to learn about breastfeeding, will be launching a group in the Minster’s cafe on Tuesday’s from 9.30am to 11am.

(l-r) Lindsey Long with Scarlett, Gemma Armstrong with Elsa, Janine McNulty with Ellie-Mae, and Hazel Holland with Nancy.

(l-r) Lindsey Long with Scarlett, Gemma Armstrong with Elsa, Janine McNulty with Ellie-Mae, and Hazel Holland with Nancy.

Sunderland Children, which runs Bosom Buddies, is hoping the city centre group will attract new mums and mums-to-be who can get advice and support from others.

Bosom Buddies groups are normally held in Sunderland Children’s Centres across the city, but sessions are being taken out into other areas to encourage more parents to find out more.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Pat Smith, said that the Minster cafe provided a stunning backdrop for Bosom Buddies groups.

She said: “Bosom Buddies is a great group that helps mums to make friends while sharing their experiences of breastfeeding, and encouraging other people to give it a go.

“It’s fantastic to be able to hold the events in Sunderland Minster cafe, which is a stunning venue, and easily accessible for people across the city.

“It’s vital that we make Bosom Buddies sessions as relaxed and welcoming as possible for everyone who attends, and these outreach groups, that are run in the community for the community, are a great way of engaging a whole new audience.”

Bosom Buddies has been delivered for more than ten years across the city, and the groups rely on the support of peer mentors, who go through formal training programmes to ensure that they offer the right support and advice to parents who are new to breastfeeding.

Coun Smith said: “Breastfeeding is great for babies and their mums, and Sunderland Children is dedicated to supporting parents in overcoming some of the challenges that often lead to mums giving up breastfeeding and feeding their babies formula milk instead.

“And of course, for many, breastfeeding is simply not for them, but we would encourage any new mum, or mum-to-be, to come along and speak to other people about their experiences.”

As well as Sunderland Minster, where the group will start this Tuesday, Bosom Buddies also runs sessions from Miss Tina’s cafe in Washington and plans to host them at Miss Tina’s soon-to-be-opened sister café in Southwick.