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Celebration day calls for a drink

Friday, 9th August, 2013

Breast feeding mentor Mia Lawrence with mothers (left) Celeste Gilby and daughter Baelyn Norley (7 months) and (right) Kayla Honson with her son Xavien Hunt (3 months) at the TAFE yesterday. Breast feeding mentor Mia Lawrence with mothers (left) Celeste Gilby and daughter Baelyn Norley (7 months) and (right) Kayla Honson with her son Xavien Hunt (3 months) at the TAFE yesterday.

World Breastfeeding Week ended yesterday with a “celebration day” at the TAFE playhouse.

The event was hosted by the Breastfeeding Support Group and Donna Gers, Child and Family Health Nurse, said it was about promoting community support.

“The breast feeding support group meets every fortnight, but this was a special occasion,” Mrs Gers said.

“We introduced the mentors to some of the breastfeeding mothers, as well as having a morning tea.”

Mrs Gers said they had a large turnout.

“We had more people attend then usual,” she said. “We had support from local midwives, staff from the Child and Family Health Clinic, mentors and a lot of new mothers who had never been here before.

“It was a special occasion. We had other families members attend, like grandmothers.

“A lot of the women talked amongst themselves about their breastfeeding experiences. It was good for them to know they weren’t totally alone. We are breaking down the isolation barrier.”

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