When it comes to great nutrition, breastmilk certainly takes some beating, which is why the Melton Breast Friends group will be taking an active part in this year’s Melton Food Festival, providing a welcoming space where mums (whether breast or bottle feeding) can come and feed their babies in comfort. The festival showcases the best food and drink from all over the East Midlands and takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October at the Cattlemarket in the centre of Melton Mowbray.
While browsing the 200+ stalls, families are welcome to pop along to the Melton Breast Friends area to feed their little ones. A high chair, changing facilities and toys will also be available. Parents will also be able to find out about the work of the group, which runs a popular weekly drop-in breastfeeding café every Thursday from 12 – 1.30pm at The Cove Children’s Centre on Sysonby Street.
Melton Breast Friends is run by volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters, who have undergone an intensive 12- week training programme with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)’s public health nurses. The peer supporters are on hand at every session to talk to mums about any difficulties they are experiencing with feeding their babies, and to make them a hot drink which they can actually take time to enjoy! All of the volunteer peer supporters are mums who themselves have breastfed their babies for extended periods. The breastfeeding café is held at the Children’s Centre, which provides a relaxed space with toys to keep older siblings busy. Melton Breast Friends also has a welcoming community on Facebook and a dedicated phone number: 07825 114014
Further support and advice with all aspects of infant feeding can be found on LPT’s website, Health for Under 5s (www.healthforunder5s.co.uk). And, if you can’t make the food festival, the group will also have a stand at this year’s Victorian Christmas Fayre, which runs from Friday 30 November until Sunday 2 December in the centre of Melton.