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Haverhill support group for breastfeeding mums goes from strength to strength as it reaches its first anniversary




Haverhill Breastfeeding Friends (#HBfFriends), is marking the first anniversary of moving into its own meeting place - and its rapid growth - with an open house celebration.

#HBfFriends was set up in January 2018 by mums Laura Brennan-Kersey and Virginia Sullivan as a friendship group for breastfeeding parents and grew so rapidly that in April 2018 it moved to the Haverhill Fire Station Community Rooms, where they have since been meeting every week.

Virginia said: "The group’s unique position, offering friendship, highly qualified support and events, is resulting in a growing community of pregnant and nursing mums.

"We have a Facebook group of over 300 mums and parents regularly travel from as far as Saffron Walden, Linton and Castle Hedingham, to make new friends and access this specialised expertise."

Haverhill Breastfeeding Group is about to celebrate its first year.Community room, Haverhill Fire Station, Lordscroft Lane.The group celebrates one year on May 8 since it started holding weekly meetings for mums. Picture by Mark Westley. (9473896)
Haverhill Breastfeeding Group is about to celebrate its first year.Community room, Haverhill Fire Station, Lordscroft Lane.The group celebrates one year on May 8 since it started holding weekly meetings for mums. Picture by Mark Westley. (9473896)

To celebrate, the group is inviting anyone to join it for tea and cake tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8) from 10am to midday.

Over the past year the group has developed substantially.

Now, as well as friendship it offers free access to a breastfeeding counsellor (paid for by Haverhill Town Council), free refreshments and a library of contemporary breastfeeding literature.

On the first Wednesday of the month they host JellyBean Sling Library, establishing the only sling library in town.

Wellbeing Wednesdays take place on the third Wednesday of each month, where professionals are invited to introduce different parenting topics such as reflexology, baby sign, baby massage, cloth nappies, baby led weaning and more.

Virginia added: "Having breastfeeding counsellors at the group represents a significant asset to the town.

"These highly qualified professionals undergo two years of intense study to achieve accreditation, then continually attend professional development to retain their license.

"With the group offering this incredible resource of cutting-edge scientific knowledge and counsellor experience, mothers are increasingly being referred by local GP and healthcare services, too."

Would you like to get involved? Running on donations and volunteer support, they are always keen to hear from people.

For further information, please contact them via their Facebook page, email hbffriends@hotmail.comor, better still, pop your head in the door on May 8 and meet this worthwhile organisation for yourself.



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