A GROUP of mums in Alcester have joined forces to support each other as they face the sometimes daunting world of breastfeeding.
Jen Wyatt, founder of ‘Breast Friends’, started the group when she found nursing her third child, Jack, something of a challenge.
“I was looking for a support group but was told there wasn’t the demand for it,” she said.
“The midwives and health visitors were there but have heavy workloads so I ended up paying a certified lactation consultant to help me.
“Obviously I couldn’t keep paying for help so I turned to Facebook. Almost overnight, we had dozens of women joining the group and I was really amazed to see how many people were seeking support and assurance on this issue.”
The Facebook forum gives new, expecting and nursing mothers the chance to speak with other mums, share stories, experiences and offer support.
But the group does not stop there.
After meeting in cafes and each others houses, ‘Breast Friends Alcester’ mums and children got together last week for their first meeting. They are now planning a monthly meet at the Alcester Children’s Centre, on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 1.30pm until 3pm.
“Breastfeeding can be quite an isolating activity,” added Jen.
“You’re often sat by yourself, so to have someone there, day or night, who understands, is really important.
“Breastfeeding is such a natural thing to do but that doesn’t make it easy.”
The group of mums do not offer professional advice, just suggestions and support from their own experiences, but many of the mums feel this is often enough to reassure and boost confidence.
Group member Danii Kessey said: “I found breastfeeding can make you feel quite alone when you face a problem.
“However, finding a great group of ladies who understand, especially local, has helped build my confidence to face these obstacles.”
A number of the group will also be training as ‘breastfeeding peer supporters’ through the National Childbirth Trust.
Search Breast Friends Alcester on Facebook to find out more.