Breastfeeding Celebration Week

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Friday, June 24th, 2016
During Breastfeeding Celebration Week (20th – 27th June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging mothers and breastfeeding supporters to tell others their positive stories about breastfeeding. breast1Janet Calvert, Regional Breastfeeding Lead for the PHA, said, “Information and support is key to helping mums breastfeed and hearing positive stories of others’ experiences can add that extra bit of encouragement that mums need. “For many mums getting started, breastfeeding isn’t easy. Northern Ireland has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the UK and that is why reassurance and encouragement from others is so important.” Approximately 64% of mothers in Northern Ireland start breastfeeding, compared with 83% in England, 74% in Scotland and 71% in Wales. That figure falls to 33% of mothers breastfeeding at six weeks and 16% at six months. Janet continued, “In Northern Ireland we know we need to do more to support mothers. Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers are an important source of support for mums when they need it most.
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May June 2016 updated“The volunteers are all women who have breastfed their own children and who, with specialised training, can provide mum-to-mum support to women who are breastfeeding. “Finding a local support group is easy. Just visit and click on ‘Support Groups’. During the week, everyone is encouraged to share their support on social media using the hashtag #celebratebreastfeeding and follow the PHA on Facebook at and on Twitter at
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