To celebrate National Breastfeeding Week, the City of Wolverhampton Council and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are holding a free event for families with young children, new mothers, mums to be and health professionals.

It takes place on Tuesday 28 June from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Whitmore Reans.

There will be a range of have a go activities including baby and pregnancy yoga, BookStart library readings, first aid training and more. Parents will be offered breastfeeding support, no matter where they are on their feeding journey, while there will also be the chance to share feedback on their experiences with representatives from Maternity Services, Health Visiting and the Public Health team.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Breastfeeding has long term benefits for mother and baby, lasting right into adulthood, and so we're keen to encourage it. 

"Research shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop a range of illnesses such as ear infections and upset tummies. It also sets the child on a healthy growth path. And the longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.

"The aim of this 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 new arrival.

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

Specialist Midwife Amanda Costello added: “The early days with a new baby can be amazing and exciting but can also be challenging – infant feeding support during these times will come from family, friends and health professionals. 

“Supporting infant feeding is everyone’s business – we want to hear families experiences and thoughts on what has worked well for them and what we could improve. We look forward to meeting and speaking to families at the event.”

For more details of next week's event, please email or call 01902 695578.

National Breastfeeding Week 2022 runs from Monday 27 June to Sunday 3 July.