Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative
AN appeal has gone out to Lanarkshire women who enjoy needlework to help with a breastfeeding knitting initiative.
The Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative (LBI) have organised a knitted bosom project and asked women to knit a breast which will be used by breastfeeding support workers, midwives and community mothers, to give instructions on hand expression to new mothers.
Individual women as well as groups of women in local community groups have taken up the challenge with gusto, knitting over one hundred bosoms to date.
LBI volunteer Adele McVay came up with the idea and she told the Wishaw Press: “Hand expression is a handy skill for any mum who breast feeds.
“It’s easy to do and these knitted bosoms allow us to show new mums the best technique to use.”
Adele continued: “The project has also helped us promote the benefits of breastfeeding as many of the women who have taken part in the knitting – such as mothers and grandmothers – end up discussing the issue with their own children and grandchildren.”
Research shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from gastro-intestinal infections, chest infections, urine infections, ear infections, asthma, eczema, diabetes in childhood and obesity.
Mothers also benefit by having a lower risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and hip fracture in later life.
Members of South Wishaw Parish Church, took up the challenge.
Member Rose Fish said: “We thought it was a great idea and many of our group were happy to use our knitting skills to contribute.”
Anyone who wants to participate in the Knitted Bosom Project or find out more about breastfeeding should contact the LBI on 01698 377655 or visit the group’s webpage at: http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/Breastfeeding/LBI/Pages/default.aspx