New parents, mothers to be and friends and family can get information and support at a free event taking place during this year's National Breastfeeding Week.

They can learn about feeding their baby and baby led weaning and enjoy a range of fun activities at the free event at Low Hill Strengthening Families Hub, Fourth Avenue, on Friday 21 June, from 10am to 12pm.

Visitors will be able to find out about local services and organisations for families, and take part in baby massage, storytelling and nursery rhyme activities. Mums can also enjoy free mini beauty treatments, while families will be able to meet other parents, share experiences and learn new skills. Free refreshments will also be on offer.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "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 new child, and have the chance to meet other new parents.”

She added: "Breastfeeding has long term benefits for mother and baby, lasting right into adulthood, and so we're keen to encourage breastfeeding. 

"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."

National Breastfeeding Week 2019 runs from Thursday 20 June until Wednesday 26 June.