A Bassetlaw mum has praised a group that helped her breastfeed - and is now encouraging others to go along.
Hannah Marshall, aged 32, of Silverdale Close, Retford, always knew she wanted to breastfeed but, during the first few days of motherhood, it did not go quite as she had hoped.
However, after finding support at two breast feeding groups, run by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Hannah is now sharing her story to encourage other mums who are struggling to access the help that’s available. At a few days old, Hannah’s new son, Isaac, was admitted to hospital with weight loss after struggling to latch on. It was a hard time for Hannah and her fiancé, Simon.
“The first few weeks were very difficult,” Hannah said.
“I felt guilty for not being able to provide what Isaac needed. Feeding was painful and the struggle affected my relationship with Simon – he wanted to start formula feeding, so we could see how much Isaac was having. But I was determined to succeed at breast feeding. I wasn’t ready to give up.”
Hannah was then encouraged to go along to a breast feeding support group when Isaac was four weeks old.
She said: “I never thought I’d be one of those mums who went to groups – I get nervous meeting new people – but I love it now. The group – we call it the ‘boob group’ – support me a lot. We’ve each discussed our struggles. Some mums have helped me and I’ve helped others. You feel part of a team.”
National Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2016 runs until June 27.
n Go to www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/infant-feeding.