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Breast Feeding

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week
14 - 19 May 2007

Since 1993, the Department of Health has coordinated the annual
campaign, National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, aiming to highlight that breastfeeding is good for the health of mother and baby. We would like women to recognise their right to breastfeed anytime and anywhere and for friends, family and health professionals to provide support for breastfeeding.

The benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby are not just
measured in health terms, but in the pride a mum feels when she looks at her healthy, growing breastfed baby. Once established, breastfeeding is easy and for most mothers and babies a very enjoyable experience. However in the first few days you both need to learn what to do. You will therefore need to practise and if necessary, get help and advice from your midwife.

The following breastfeeding support groups are available for mothers in Highland where they can source information and support to help them breastfeed. In many areas women will form their own support, very often through friendship networks. Your local midwife or health visitor will be able to put you in touch with people. Your local maternity unit will also usually have someone available who could give some advice over the phone.

Some useful contacts are:-

  • THURSO Community Health Centre, Davidson's Lane: Tel:
    (01847) 896990

  • WICK Henderson Wing, Caithness General Hospital,
    Tel: (01955) 604134

  • INVERNESS Parentcraft Department, Raigmore Hospital, Tel: (01463) 704344

Voluntary organisations also provide support:-

  • The National Childbirth Trust - Breastfeeding Line
    Tel: (0870) 444 8708

  • La Leche League www.laleche.org.uk
    Tel: (0845) 1202918

Along with the leaflet Breastfeeding Your Baby, you may like to have a look at the National Childbirth Trust website on

See Also
Health Check
Health & Welfare Groups in Caithness