More Norfolk mother’s to get breastfeeding help thanks to charity status
A group which helps Norfolk’s breastfeeding mothers will now be able to offer more peer support thanks to official charity status.
Breastfeeding Mum Meets, which was set up in 2017, runs regular meet-ups for breastfeeding mothers and their babies and toddlers across the county.
The group’s popular Facebook page, which has over 1,000 active members, also offers 24 hour peer-to-peer online support to help with advice on everything from feeding babies to health, nutrition and child development.
The group’s founder, mother-of-two Georgina Simpson, said: “Charitable status gives the group credibility, longevity and - importantly- the ability to fundraise. We are totally not for profit and our aim is to support breastfeeding mums and to normalise breastfeeding, as a lot of women are still uncomfortable about feeding their babies and toddlers in public, so we provide a safe and friendly environment for them.”
Georgina, from Thorpe Marriott, started the group after experiencing a lack of support when breastfeeding her first son, Freddie.
“I started the group because my breastfeeding journey with my eldest was cut short because I didn’t know what was going on at the four-month sleep regression and assumed my milk wasn’t enough so supplemented with formula and soon gave up breastfeeding completely. I have always, and still do, feel guilty for this,” she said.
“When my second started to go through the same stage I was determined not to let it happen again and sought guidance from those who know best - those who are currently or have successfully breastfed. So I gathered all the experienced breastfeeding mums in one place to share all their knowledge.”
“I added the meets because I found I wasn’t going out - isolation is a major part of parenting and definitely breastfeeding.
“None of the baby sessions could cater for my toddler and I struggled taking my baby to toddler groups because he just fed constantly.”
The group has a number of big events planned for 2019, all with the aim of raising awareness, sharing information and raising money to cover the costs of the group.
Parents, caters and parents-to-be can find the group on Facebook by searching for Breastfeeding Mum Meets.