I should have already written a post to let you know how good this service is. If you live in Tower Hamlets, you currently have access to one of the best breastfeeding support services in the country, provided by Tower Hamlets Babies are Born to Breastfeed. Drop-in support groups are available all week at different Children’s Centres; you can get one-to-one support from a breastfeeding expert in hospital and at home; and there is a specialist tongue-tie clinic and tongue-tie breastfeeding support group at the Royal London. See below for how you can keep it this way…
…Because this service is now under threat, and if the cuts go ahead it will be able to support an estimated 660 fewer mums a year, with support no longer available to all and targeted at ‘vulnerable’ mothers.
As I understand it, all mothers and babies are ‘vulnerable’ when it comes to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding might be natural and wonderful, but it can also be difficult, exhausting, painful, and downright fail to work – all of which are likely to be helped by access to expert advice and support. No parent or baby in our borough should lose access to this support.
My older son was born tongue tied: feeding was painful, and painfully slow, and a constant battle, 24/7, for both of us in the early weeks. Without the expert diagnosis, tongue tie procedure and follow-up support that we received, I don’t think I’d have been able to keep breastfeeding him. It took time for us both to learn how to feed well – and this service were there whenever we needed help along the way.
You still have until 16th June to give your response to the proposed cuts, on the Council website here – so, if you want this service to be available to all Tower Hamlets mums and babies in future, please take the time to do so.