Family picnic for awareness week

PUBLISHED: 09:05 24 June 2012

Join the family picnic on Weston beach

Join the family picnic on Weston beach

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A SERIES of events designed to promote breastfeeding for babies will be held in Weston during an awareness week which starts on Saturday.

A family beach picnic, a baking competition, talks, lunches and advice sessions will all feature as part of Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

The NHS says breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both mother and child, and also helps forge deep bonds between baby and parent.

And a group of mums from North Somerset’s breastfeeding support groups are staging events around Weston to help raise awareness.

On Saturday, Barcode youth café in South Parade will stage a talk on breastfeeding during its regular Saturdads event from 10am to noon, with a Q&A session for families afterwards.

On Monday, a family picnic is being stage on Weston beach to the left of the Grand Pier.

The event will run from noon to 3pm and feature children’s games organised by staff from Weston Central Children’s Centre. Families should take their own food, blankets and buckets and spades.

On Tuesday, the children’s centre is holding a breastfeeding support group from noon to 1.30pm, followed by a coffee and cake get-together in Loves Café in West Street.

From 1-2.30pm on Wednesday, the Old Town Quarry will incorporate a baking contest themed around babies into its Sunshine and Puddles children’s activities.

There will be a number of prizes on offer donated by Weston businesses, including ‘quite literally a booby prize’.

On Thursday, the For All Healthy Living Centre on the Bournville estate will host a support group session for breastfeeding mums, following by coffee and cake in the centre café.

And the week will be rounded off with an event for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, with an enrichment day for mums trained as peer supporters to help others in the area.

For advice about breastfeeding, or more information about the awareness week, visit www.abm.me.uk

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