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Babies and Breastfeeding Information Encouragement Support
Is held weekly on Wednesday mornings at the Lanterns Children’s Centre Winchester. It was started on May 16 2007, by NCT Winchester and is facilitated by Jane Moffett, Jennie Gavin, and Ruth Webster, all N.C.T Breastfeeding Counsellors. It is open in 2017 thanks to amazing generosity from users of the service, members of our local community, Lanterns , but most of all the dedicated fundraising teams over the last few years, and all those of you who attended the recent fun days. We are now confident that we can support mums in this area Until Dec 2017. The NCT committee is now considering how we will fundraise to ensure our future in 2018 and beyond.
B.A.B.I.E.S has provided a safe place for mothers to come for support, to ask questions, share their difficulties and meet other mothers with similar concerns.
- "Attending BABIES a helped build my confidence in breastfeeding and without the support, I'm not sure how long I would have persevered. They were incredibly non-judgemental and provided respite when it just seemed nothing was going right."
Mum user A
"The BABIES sessions were a great way to get used to breastfeeding out and about and also fun socially"
Mum user B
- More groups like this are vital if babies are to receive the benefits of breastmilk, BABIES helped me see I was not alone and that mothers can have problems breastfeeding. Mum C
- felt very supported in changing to formula, which is ‘a thing in winchester you get judged for’. ‘i went from being scared of breastfeeding in public, ducking in and out of toilets to hiding the fact i was bottle feeding’.
BABIES costs approximately £7,000 annually to run and is available 51 weeks of the year to any mother or pregnant woman in Winchester and the surrounding area, who may have questions about breastfeeding, mixed feeding or expressing breastmilk. Since May 2007 we have received funding from the NCT Winchester branch, An Awards For all Grant and donations from Winchester Round Table and Lanterns Children's Centre as well as many very generous individual donations, matched funding and fundraising from a wonderfully committed and hardworking team.
Fundays in 2009, 2010 ,2011,2012 , 2014, 2015, 2016 were a great success, the next fundraising funday, is likely to be held in the next 6 months.Please email email@example.com to get involved.
You can also show your support by donating any amount, large or small, to ensure this vital service continues for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Thank-you.