Colne school named ‘breastfeeding friendly’

NEW INITIATIVE: Learning mentor Nicola Sheridan, headteacher Sarah Midgley, health visitor and lead on breastfeeding in the area Andrea Fawcett, school nurse Andrea Soulsby, and deputy headteacher Jill Greenwood with parents and babies at Park Primary School (S)
NEW INITIATIVE: Learning mentor Nicola Sheridan, headteacher Sarah Midgley, health visitor and lead on breastfeeding in the area Andrea Fawcett, school nurse Andrea Soulsby, and deputy headteacher Jill Greenwood with parents and babies at Park Primary School (S)

A Colne primary school is leading the way as it becomes the first in Pendle to be officially named “breast feeding friendly”.

Park Primary School has signed up to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme, in a bid to support new mums and their babies at the Rutland Street site.

There are times when mums bring their children to school or are waiting in the yard to collect them, and their baby requires feeding. Now, with the help of school nurse Andrea Soulsby, Park Primary is able to offer a designated room for them to use.

The new venture was launched at a coffee morning, which was attended by health visitor Andrea Fawcett. She said it is wonderful that Park Primary are embracing breast feeding and promoting it among parents.

A number of new mums also attended with their babies and expressed their gratitude to the school.

Katie Wharton, infant feeding co-ordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “To increase breast feeding rates and increase the positive health and emotional outcomes for both mums and babies, we need to protect a mothers and babies right to breast feed out and about.

“Our initiative encourages local schools to sign up and let new mums know they are welcome to feed their baby if baby gets hungry during a visit to school. This in turn normalises a child’s view of breastfeeding from an early age which in turn can result in more people considering breast feeding as an option later in life when starting their own families.”

For more information about the Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative, ring 01254 358046 or visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Health-Improvement-Service/IF