Mums in Cumbria should benefit from increased breastfeeding support as we have appointed two new Infant Feeding Managers.
Both Andrea Harriman and Bernice Radcliffe are specialist midwives who provide important nutrition support and information to new mums and families.
“We know Cumbria has lower than average breastfeeding rates, and that’s where Andrea and I hope we can make a difference. We know that the right support from the start is vital.
“We are truly keen to support moms and families to help every baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”
Bernice and Andrea work with the extended maternity teams to provide specialist nutritional support to women from birth through postnatal care in hospital and in the community up to 28 days. The two also work closely with the Health Visits Infant Feeding Team who would then offer further ongoing support.
“Having food support and being able to meet other people to discuss their experiences and share ideas is a vital part of food success. Cumbria has a range of peer support groups, across the county to provide this continuous service.
Since starting their new roles, the infant feeding duo have prioritized midwifery refresher training and also aim to become Baby Friendly: Stage 3 accredited in due course. which will ensure that breastfeeding is integrated into all aspects of motherhood. care.
Andrea and Bernice, alongside 15 other infant feeding midwives, health visitors and child nurses, are also taking a course to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, which is the highest level of accreditation for breastfeeding support and will be a valuable resource to the Cumbrian community. .
Bernice added: “Excitingly, we have virtual classes specific to prenatal infant feeding starting in the very near future and we warmly invite all to attend. More details will be shared soon.
As a trust, we would like to highlight the support and resources already available for women and babies in Cumbria.
Women can contact their midwife or nurse if they have any concerns or questions.
There are many groups across Cumbria who can offer support and information:
Carlisle and Allerdale Breastfeeding Support Group Morton Children’s Centre, Tuesdays, 11am-12pm (Family Action) Tel: 0122822341
Wigton Breastfeeding Support Group at the Wigton Children’s Centre, Wednesdays, 10.30am-11.30am. (Family Action) Tel: 01900604822
Eden Breastfeeding Support Group Penrith Children’s Centre, first and third Tuesday of the month. (Barnardos) Tel: 01768899901
Appleby Children’s Centre, second and fourth Tuesday of the month. 1h30-2h30. (Barnardos) Tel: 01768899901
Egrement Children’s Center. Allerdale and Copeland Infant Feeding Support Group, Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Family Action) Tel: 0194664600
Seaton Library Group. (BAPS) Breastfeeding and Peer Support Groups: Tuesday 1-2pm. Maryport Library Group: Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
National Breastfeeding Helpline – 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tel: 0300100212 or live online support via chat available.