New parents and mothers to be can get information and support at a free event taking place to mark the culmination of World Breastfeeding Week.

They can find out more about feeding their baby and baby led weaning, as well as other issues such as using slings and hypnobirthing, at the event at Low Hill Community Centre, Kempthorne Avenue, on Tuesday 7 August.

Experts from the City of Wolverhampton Council's Public Health team, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust's Infant Feeding Team and health visitors will be on hand to offer advice and guidance, while families will be able to meet other parents, share experiences and learn new skills. Refreshments will be available, along with activities for babies and toddlers.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The aim of this free event is to give parents the information they need to make a fully informed choice on feeding their baby, and to support and develop their relationship with their child.

"They can also get information and advice about a range of other issues which will benefit themselves and their new arrival, and will have the chance to meet other new parents."

She added: "The session is part of the ongoing work of Public Health, the council's Early Years' service and Wolverhampton's Infant Feeding Team to encourage more new mums in Wolverhampton to breastfeed.

"Research shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop illnesses such as gastroenteritis and respiratory and ear infections. They are also less likely to be obese or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels - all risk factors for heart disease."

The free drop-in event takes place from 1pm-3pm. For more information, please email or

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 runs from Wednesday 1 August until Tuesday 7 August. It is organised by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

  • released: Thursday 2 August, 2018