The next “Baby and Me” classes – June 2017

“Thrilled to let u all know another course has been agreed…highly recommended for any mums with young babies. Feedback has been brilliant from previous course and looks fab”!

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Mama’s Meals

While you look after the baby, who looks after you?

That was a question that I couldn’t answer after I had my son Harry and so I set up Mama’s Meals, a meal delivery system for parents of newborn babies in and around the Basingstoke area.

I cook, freeze and deliver hearty meals using fresh ingredients with a focus on nutrition and wellbeing to parents who don’t have the time, energy or inclination to shop and cook but still want to eat healthily.

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How Mama’s Meals was ‘born’

I set up Mama’s Meals after my first son Harry was born. Prior to his birth I followed a clean eating regime and exercised regularly, (I was at the gym the day before he was born!). However once Harry arrived, (three and a half weeks early!) this went completely out of the window and I struggled to find the time to eat anything at all! I survived on food that could be opened and eaten with one hand, mostly toast and biscuits; this did nothing for my post-natal recovery or my mood and I would have given my right arm for a home cooked meal with some vegetables!

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Both my son and I have allergies so I’m highly experienced in preparing and cooking meals where extra care is required around ingredients and avoiding cross contamination. I apply the same principles when cooking for vegetarians and vegans. I really understand how important it is that allergies, intolerances or lifestyle choices are taken seriously and will take the utmost care when preparing your meals.

Mama’s Meals offers a healthy alternative to takeaways and supermarket ready meals which are often laden with hidden fats, salt, sugar and preservatives. The portion sizes of takeaways and shop bought ready meals often don’t leave you feeling satisfied and this way of eating can be very costly.

Delicious and nutritious

I focus on providing meals which are nutritionally dense and aid post-birth recovery. My meals are also ideal if you’re breastfeeding as they ensure that you receive a balanced meal with a healthy amount of calories and as many vitamins and minerals as possible. For example instead of using 100% potato mash I add in carrot and swede to increase the vitamin content whilst ensuring a great taste! I also sneak extra vegetables into items such as the tomato sauce in my lasagne, an easy way to hit your 5 a day.

 

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Perfect for as long as you need

Even if you got the chance to cook and freeze some meals before you gave birth, (which I didn’t – I hadn’t even started maternity leave!) your freezer can only store so much. Mama’s Meals will provide you with home-cooked meals on a weekly basis for as long as you need and also offers a great range of meals so you don’t get bored.

Flexible meal choices

I offer a choice of lunches and dinners for you, you and your partner or for your entire family. You can choose to order meals for the entire week but if you fancy a takeaway at the weekend you can order less, (minimum of 5 meals per person, per week).

I deliver on a Saturday or Sunday so that you have meals for the coming week.

Good home cooked food

Mama’s Meals is not a diet program, it’s fresh, home-cooked food, frozen immediately to protect the nutritional content that aids post-birth recovery and breastfeeding and is the type of food I cook and eat at home.

For more information and to browse our amazing meal selection why not visit our website by clicking here

Or visit us on Facebook

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A NHM Reader’s Experience: Tongue Tie

This is a heartbreaking read. I can relate to so much of what is in this post because Miss NHM also had a posterior Tongue Tie and it wasn’t identified until she was 9 weeks old.

Reading today’s post has bought bank a lot of painful memories for me of that very difficult time but hopefully this Mum’s experience may help other Mum’s who are going through, or have been through, the same thing. The last sentence on this post is spot on.

Thank you very much to the anonymous reader for sharing her experience. I know it’s not easy writing something like this but hopefully it’s helped as part of the healing process.

If you would like to share your experience of anything to do with being a Mum or parent, please get in touch.

A NHM Reader’s Experience: Tongue Tie

Tongue tie, as a first time mum I had no clue what this was and the problems your little one can face from it. Throughout my pregnancy as like all mummies to be, I just wanted my baby to be healthy and arrive into the world safely.

However Tongue tie was one of the things no one had even thought to make me aware of, considering it is so common with apparently 1 in 8 babies being born with it and how easily it is to fix. Hopefully by sharing our story I hope more mummies are made aware of tongue tie.

On the arrival of my beautiful baby girl, I was put in a side room at the hospital. The midwife initially checked my baby could breastfeed and then I was left to it. We saw a health assistant once more briefly to check that everything was OK, the paediatrician quickly checked her over and we were given the all clear to go home.

On going home we saw the midwife for the follow up visits. On one of these, they weighed my little girl and found she had dropped weight but this was less then 10% so they were not concerned.

However on her five day check, we went to the clinic and on weighing her, it was found her weight had dropped further. As a new mum, five days post giving birth you are very emotional and it is the last thing you want to hear that your baby is dropping weight, rather then gaining.

At the clinic I saw two older midwifes and they asked me to show them how I was feeding her. This was an eeekkkk moment as I’m not a mum that is confident breastfeeding in front of people. However I knew I had to suck this up and get on with it, so I did.

On doing this, I was told immediately the way I was holding her was wrong and to hold her like a rugby ball under my arm. I was then asked questions about my milk supply and they came to the conclusion this was failing and told me to get some formula in!

I held myself together but on leaving the clinic and getting back to the car, the tears just rolled down as it was the worst thing I could have been told, that I was unable to feed my baby well enough and all I felt was that I was a complete failure.

That evening I tried to struggle through but feeling so low and with no real support on breastfeeding, I caved and sent my husband to Tescos at midnight to buy formula. All I could think was I was starving my baby who was crying and getting more frustrated as she was struggling to feed, so I had to get some milk in her someway. However this did not solve our problems and just brought on a whole load of different issues.

We started on formula and within days we had stopped breastfeeding altogether as she just couldn’t latch properly. We thought this was best and her weight started going up. The midwifes were happy and we were subsequently discharged from their care. We thought great our baby is now on the right tracks and all will be fine. How wrong could we have been!

In the subsequent weeks our little girl started to suffer with colic, reflux and projectile vomiting whenever she had a bottle. The colic was the worst as our poor girl was literally in pain and cried continuously for hours on end as she was just full of wind, to the point she would rattle with it.

We spoke to the health visitor who said to see the GP, so we did. I explained all her symptoms and I was just given medication to try to help settle her. At no point did the GP or health visitor check in her mouth to see that she had a good latch but it was a case of being told that babies do suffer from colic, sickness and reflux when being fed formula and that it would pass.

However the symptoms were just getting worse to the point that one day while I was home on my own, I had given her a bottle but she started to choke and turn blue.

This is honestly the most scary situation seeing your baby looking terrified as they cannot breath. I managed to get her to throw up and she started breathing again but was inconsolably crying.

I took her straight to A&E as my instincts knew there was something wrong with her and this was not normal. On arrival, I asked her to be booked in and told the receptionist what the problem was, she looked over the desk and commented, well she looks ok now, she’s breathing! I couldn’t believe this and politely but in a no messing with me tone, said that I still wanted her seen to regardless of the wait.

On seeing the nurse in triage, due to her age we were taken through to see the doctor. I again explained the situation and what had happened but they had no clue why she had choked and put it down to one of those things.

The doctor in A&E referred the details to a paediatrician and we were taken to the day ward for observation. They again checked her over and I explained what had happened. The consultant said it sounded like she had just choked and that this can happen when babies are so little as they don’t have a gag reflex yet. She said if it happens again to put her on her front and pat her back which should clear it.

Each time we saw someone we were asked if this was our first baby and when we said yes, the ‘look’ of oh they are first time parents worrying too much came out. As she didn’t do this again while we were there, we were sent home with the advice we had been given.

Over the months proceeding this, we struggled on and found ways to help stop the choking with reflux wedges and sitting her upright for an hour after a bottle. While we did this the next challenge we had was getting her to drink a bottle. Our poor girl was still suffering and we felt like we just had to struggle on as it would get better in time, as this was what we were being told repeatedly.

On taking her to her monthly weigh in, her weight was really starting to struggle. The health visitor at my local one looked at me and said oh her weight has dropped what are you doing with her, what’s happened to change this?

Again this is not what I wanted to be faced with, a question to make me feel as though I was at fault for my beautiful baby girl not gaining as much weight as she should. I replied to say nothing had changed but I was still having the same issues. A

gain no one thought to check in her mouth and it was put down to a blip and she would pick up again. I swiftly left the clinic, again feeling as though I had failed my baby girl. I hated going to the weigh ins after this, to the point I would work myself up beforehand so I decided to buy my own scales and do her weight checks myself at home.

On approaching four months old, her weight had dropped to between the 9th and 25th centile. She was also getting to the point she would only drink an ounce or two of milk at a time and then she would refuse anymore. I knew this was due to the pain it was causing her so I spoke to my health visitor but she didn’t really help and said to go and see her on the next weigh in.

I thought this is not right and I was so worried as I knew my little girl was suffering, I needed to find out what was causing it so I decided to google her symptoms. Normally I would never do this as it can give you so many horror stories and cause unnecessary worry but I had to see if there was any possibilities of what was wrong with her. On looking at the search it all pointed to tongue tie.

The helpful reference was this chart that listed out the symptoms: image2

From looking at this list, my little girl had all the symptoms so I wasted no time and booked her into see the GP. The GP checked her but wasn’t sure so asked the midwife at my practice to have a look. She first of all put a finger in her mouth to see what suction she had and the poor girl didn’t have any. They agreed the best thing to do was to refer her to the paediatrician at the hospital that dealt with this and go from there.

On speaking with his secretary on the Monday morning, she took my details and then asked how my baby was fed, I said by bottle and suddenly the tone of the call changed, where she informed me that the paediatrician only dealt with breastfed babies.

Even with me explaining that there was no possibility she could do this and how her health was suffering, I was told he may see her but it would be at his absolute discretion, plus I would have to wait three weeks for this honour.

On putting the phone down I thought to myself sod that, I’m not being made to feel like a second class citizen for bottle feeding my baby as she couldn’t breastfeed so I looked online for somewhere I could have her seen to privately. This is where I found a website that listed all the tongue tie practitioners in the country,

http://www.tongue-tie.org.uk/find-a-tongue-tie-divider.html

I looked through the list of practitioners in my local area and called Katherine. On speaking to her and trying to discuss the problems we were having, I just broke down on her and cried.

Katherine was great, she said she could certainly help and gave me an appointment for the following day at her clinic. On going to the appointment, after explaining the symptoms and looking at her weight chart, she looked in her mouth and confirmed she had a posterior tongue tie which was restricting her tongue by over 50%.

Katherine explained that posterior tongue tie is not picked up so easily as it is not visible but it was very easily treated. Katherine told me what she would do to release the tongue tie which involved one cut to the piece of skin with surgical scissors and that it would take less then a minute.

She asked me to leave the room while she did it and by the time I got to the waiting room and sat down, it was all over. One little snip with the scissors by a trained health professional was all that was needed. This cost £95 privately and I can’t tell you the relief that I felt knowing I wasn’t an over bearing first time mum and that my instincts were right. More importantly, my beautiful little girl would hopefully now start to overcome this and be out of pain.

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Picture after the procedure

image3I will say this made a difference straight away. The colic and wind settled down as she was not sucking in air. The reflux also calmed down and choking stopped over the proceeding days.

However she had learnt to adapt to having a restricted tongue for the first four months of her life so she had to relearn how to use her mouth and the muscles with her tongue now freed.

This took several months to reeducate her but she is now a completely changed baby. She’s happy, no longer in pain and her weight is back up, which makes me one happy mum.

Looking back, I have such a mixture of emotions about what we went through as a family. From anger to pure sadness that my little girl was left to struggle and be in pain for the first four months of her life.

I also feel so let down by all the health professionals that saw her as no one picked this up sooner. Such a simple thing to fix but the problems and pain it caused her unnecessarily, when she could have been thriving and happy.

Ultimately I have learnt from this, that you should always trust your instincts as a mum, you know your baby best and don’t think you are worrying unnecessarily.

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New Drop-In’s for Breastfeeding Support!!!!!

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Breastfeeding support in our area has some new drop-ins, one in Andover, Basingstoke and Eastleigh.

The new ones are being funded under a 6 month trial by Hampshire Hospitals but delivered by professionally trained breastfeeding counsellors.

Please come along for support with breastfeeding, no appointment necessary.

And share 🙂

NEW!! Every Monday

10 – 11.30am Blue Room, Sherborne Building, Basingstoke Hospital RG24 9NA

Every Tuesday

10 – 11:30am (NCT run) Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Rd., Andover SP11 6JP

NCT Bumps & Babies Tuesdays Term Time Only 1 – 2:30pm Valley Park Community Centre, Eastleigh SO53 4ST

Every Wednesday

9:30am – 12pm (NCT run) Lantern’s Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd., Winchester SO22 6AJ

NEW!! Every Thursday

10 – 11:30am Conference/seminar room (near Peaches restaurant) Andover War Memorial Hospital, Charlton Rd., Andover SP10 3LB

Every Friday

10-11.30am (NCT run) Brookvale Village Hall, Lower Brook St, Basingstoke, RG21 7RU

NEW Every Friday 1 – 2:30pm (starts Sep 23rd) All Saints Church, Desborough Rd, Eastleigh SO50 5NH

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Local Basingstoke parents with national charity NCT agree to fundraise to keep vital professional breastfeeding support

Local Basingstoke parents with national charity NCT agree to fundraise to keep vital professional breastfeeding support.

Following the decision by Hampshire County Council not to continue to fund eight breastfeeding support clinics in north Hampshire, the Basingstoke Branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is reassuring expectant and new mums across the area that breastfeeding support will still be available through B.A.B.I.E.S (Babies and Breastfeeding Information, Encouragement and Support group) at the Brookvale Village Hall on Friday mornings allowing mums to come along and meet a professionally trained breastfeeding counsellor to answer questions and offer help and support with any difficulties breastfeeding.

Just under 80% of mothers in North Hampshire start breastfeeding yet by the time their babies are between 6 and 8 weeks old, fewer than half are giving any breast milk to their babies (1).  Nationally, 86% of mothers who stop breastfeeding in the first two weeks say they would have liked to breastfeed for longer (2).

Mindy Noble from the Hampshire Breastfeeding Counselling Service said:

“We know mothers are incredibly disappointed that the County Council has not listened to their views.  They value the specialist skill of a Breastfeeding Councillor and with 6 out of the eight breastfeeding drop-ins closing this will no longer be available to all women in our area.  We had hoped that the Council would build on the success of this project and extend it to enable women across the country to have access to the same level of support, but they have not”.

Local Mums will be fundraising to keep open the Basingstoke B.A.B.I.E.S drop-in, held every Friday from 10.00am to 11.30am at Brookvale Village Hall.  The following drop in sessions have now closed: Chineham, Tadley, Whitchurch, Kingsclere and Overton.  In Andover the Friday drop-in has now closed, however the Tuesday drop-in will remain funded by parents from NCT Winchester and Andover.

Health Visitors are available to offer support, however the level of knowledge they have after the 2/3 day training compared to the 2.5 years training undertaken by a dedicated counsellor is limited.  Local Health Visitors themselves have expressed disappointment over the closure of this service in so many areas and advocate its value to new mums.

Mums who have used the free service express their disappointment over the closures:

  • “The other sources of support were great but no one had the knowledge that the ladies in the drop-in did”.
  • “The support was practical as they could actually watch me feed and help me correct even the smallest thing…it was obvious that the experience that they had was invaluable; every question I asked they were able to answer”.

If anyone would like to donate to the Basingstoke B.A.B.I.E.S breastfeeding support group they can do so by visiting their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/BasingstokeNCTBABIES

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Breastfeeding drop-in closures and those remaining

This is so VERY disappointing to read (and no, it’s not an April Fool unfortunately).

Especially after the hard work of so many Mum’s to try to ensure that the drop-in’s aren’t closed.

I am so angry with the council for making this decision.

How many future families have they jeopardised!!

Yes, there may be health visitors who might be able to help, but I know, from bitter experience, that the health visitors are useless when it comes to breastfeeding support.

I was told by one midwife and two different Health Visitors that Miss NHM didn’t have tongue tie in the first three weeks of her life.

When Miss NHM was three weeks old the breastfeeding support lady (Rachel) advised me that Miss NHM had a posterior tongue tie. However, I stupidly trusted the medical profession, and because three of them had previously said it wasn’t tongue tie, I was naive enough to believe them rather than Rachel.

I then had another midwife and a health visitor tell me that Miss NHM didn’t have tongue tie.

When Miss NHM was six weeks old we were struggling so much with breastfeeding, and I was at breaking point, that we went back to the breastfeeding drop-in’s and they confirmed that she did have a posterior tongue tie (despite being told by five “medical professionals” that she didn’t).

We finally got it sorted when Miss NHM was 9 weeks old, which was an absolutely awful experience and involved going to Southampton hospital, her being taken away from me and having her tongue “snipped” and then I had to try to breastfeed her immediately after, whilst she was screaming in pain with a mouth full of blood! (that image still haunts me, five years on).

It was a horrific experience and I will NEVER forgive those medical professionals who adamantly told me that Miss NHM didn’t have tongue tie.

If we had got it sorted out sooner, at three weeks as Rachel first diagnosed, maybe we wouldn’t have ended up in hospital when Miss NHM was a month old and throwing up blood (it was my blood from breastfeeding).

How many other families are now going to have to go through the same experience that we did, because health care professionals aren’t trained properly and the only people who seem to be are the breastfeeding supporters who will no longer be available to support Mum’s who desperately want to breastfeed and desperately need their support like I did?

As you can probably tell, this makes me, very, very angry.

And don’t get me started on how this wouldn’t be happening if it was men involved!!

Breastfeeding drop-in closures and those remaining

As you know, hundreds of women across the county have been fighting the closure of breastfeeding drop-ins over the last 12 months.

As a result of decisions made by Public Health at Hampshire County Council, from 1st April the 6 drop-ins below will close.

Breastfeeding Support Update: March 2016

Breastfeeding drop-ins with professional, qualified breastfeeding counsellors 

From 1st April 2016
OPEN

Basingstoke
  every Friday 10-11.30 at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU (this will be funded by donations and fundraising)

Andover  the Tuesday drop-in (alongside the Health Visitor clinic but run by professional breastfeeding counsellors) at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP  from 10-11.30 (funded by donations and fundraising)

Winchester the Wednesday session run by professional breastfeeding counsellors will remain open from 9.30-12 at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd, Winchester SO22 6AJ (funded by donations and fundraising)

Eastleigh both the Wednesday session (10am – 12pm at the Chamberlayne Children’s Centre, Eastleigh, SO50 5JL) and Friday session (10 – 11.30am at the Aviary Children’s Centre, SO50 9JW) run by professional breastfeeding counsellors will remain open until July (funded by the Borough Council). 
CLOSED
 

Basingstoke and Deane the following drop-ins will close:

Chineham (Monday)
Tadley (Tuesday)
Whitchurch (Tuesday)
Kingsclere (Thursday)
Overton (Friday)

Andover

The Friday session will close. 

Related Posts

Watch now the AWESOME Deputation by Lindsey Lawman this morning at the Hampshire County Council meeting!

Breastfeeding Funding Crisis in North Hampshire – We need your help!

Breastfeeding drop-in funding crisis!

Funding crisis for breastfeeding drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke area

Local breastfeeding drop-ins – Funding Crisis – we need you to help us NOW!!!!

Breastfeeding: My Experience

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Watch now the AWESOME Deputation by Lindsey Lawman this morning at the Hampshire County Council meeting!

For those of you who missed the webcast from this mornings post, you can now see the recorded version of Lindsey’s Deputation at the following link:

http://www.hants.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/197956

You need to go to section 4) Deputations. You can see Maria Miller’s pre-amble under the first “Deputation” and then Lindsey’s speech under the second “Deputation”.

She did an AWESOME job as you can see in the video!

I wasn’t in the room but I still had shivers going up and down my spine whilst watching the webcast.

Lindsey definitely deserved the standing ovation at the end, which apparently was the first time in 10 years that a Deputation had received a standing ovation!!!

Well done Lindsey!!

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Christmas 2015 breastfeeding drop-ins in North Hampshire

Mums can attend any drop-in they can get to regardless of where they live and the NCT breastfeeding line is open every day inc all bank holidays.

Christmas 2015 breastfeeding drop-ins in North Hampshire

Christmas breastfeeding drop-ins – opening hours – details of Hampshire breastfeeding drop-ins run by professional breastfeeding counsellors.

If you need support over the bank holidays, the National NCT Breastfeeding Helpline is open every day including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day and all the Bank Holidays.
0300 300 0700 (8am to midnight every day of the year)

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellors are paid to work on the line and are happy to cover the bank holidays too, so are waiting for your call. If you have to leave a message, calls are generally returned within 2 hours.

For full address details see lower down the post – you may attend any drop-in that you can get to regardless of where you live so please do come along to any location that is open over Christmas.

Mon 21st Dec – Chineham open, Cutbush CC, Southampton open.

Tues 22nd – Andover open, Tadley open, Hedge End closed

Wed 23rd Dec – NCT’s BABIES Winchester open, Eastleigh Chamberlayne – open

Thurs 24th – Kingsclere closed, Shirley Warren Babycafe – closed

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th – all drop-ins closed, contact the NCT breastfeeding line open 8 am – midnight (every day inc bank holidays) for support (number above)

Tues 29th Dec – Andover open for breastfeeding support (but the health visitor clinic is not running), Tadley – closed, Hedge End closed

Wed 30th Dec – Winchester – closed, Eastleigh (Chamberlayne) – closed

Thurs 31st Dec – Shirley Warren Babycafe – closed

Friday 1st January, New Years Day – all drop-ins closed, contact the NCT breastfeeding line open 8 am – midnight (every day inc bank holidays) for support – number at top of post

Mon 4th January – all drop-ins back to normal

BASINGSTOKE and surrounds: (For more info contact Fiona 01256 334343, Mindy 07769 040509, Sarah 01256 321890 or message us on Facebook:

Basingstoke, Chineham: Every Monday 9:30 to 11:30 at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Sarah (see above)

Overton: 3rd Friday of the month at Overton Community Centre alongside the health visitor clinic (in the library, Community Centre, Overton RG25 3HB) 9-10.30. Contact: Mindy (see above)

Whitchurch: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month at the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch RG28 7HP 10 – 11.30 am alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Mindy (see above)

Tadley: Every Tuesday 9:30 – 11 at the Home Tree Children’s Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN. Alongside the health visitor clinic, Contact Fiona (see above)

Kingsclere: Fourth Thursday of the month alongside health visitor clinic – all welcome, 2pm – 3pm at Kingsclere Medical Practice, North St, Kingsclere, RG20 5QX. Contact Mindy (see above)

Basingstoke, Brookvale: Every Friday (50 weeks of year) 10am to 11:30am at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU. Fiona or Sarah (see above)

ANDOVER
Every Tuesday 10.00-11.30am and every Friday 1 – 2:30pm at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP. Tel: 01264 336718 or Paula (01256 892938)

EASTLEIGH: Borough Council funded drop-ins facilitated by nct trained breastfeeding counsellors

Every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm at the Chamberlayne Children’s Centre, Eastleigh, SO50 5JL Tel. 02380 684990 or Julie 07843 928631 or Nicole 07717 790238

Every Friday, 10 – 11.30am at the Aviary Children’s Centre, SO50 9JW Tel 02380 626960 or Jane 07824-375871 or Jennie 07502 213811

WINCHESTER:
NCT run B.A.B.I.E.S. (Babies and Breastfeeding, Information, Encouragement, Support) Every Wednesday 9.30-12 at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd, Winchester SO22 6AJ Tel 01962 860393 (corrected) or Jane 07824 375871

SOUTHAMPTON:
Monday, 13:00 to 14:30, Baby Café Townhill Park, at Cutbush Children’s Centre, Cutbush Lane, Townhill Park, SO18 2GF. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Tuesday, 9:15 to 11:15, NCT breastfeeding drop-in at The Salvation Army Church and Community Centre, 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, SO30 2GL (alongside the Baby Clinic).
Contact Jo Daniels on sotonbfc@nct.org.uk for more info

Thursday, 9:30 to 11:00, Baby Café at The Warren Centre, Chestnut Rd, Shirley Warren, SO16 6BR. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Have you completed the Public Health Hampshire survey (only for Hants mums)? Tell PH what worked for you to help to breastfeed so they can decide which services to support in the future.
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=144621476421

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Breastfeeding drop-in funding crisis!

Just in case you missed this and because I’m reaaallly behind on posts at the moment. Sorry!

Well done to everyone who was involved in getting the original decision reversed!

I have the details for the new drop in points, so will publish those hopefully by the end of the week. If you get desperate for the details, let me know!

Breastfeeding drop-in funding crisis!

We at Hampshire BFCs are pleased to announce that, following a meeting on Friday 19th Junewith Hampshire County Council Public Health, we are pleased to be able to let you know that when our current funding for the drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke and Deane area runs out at the end of July, Hampshire County Council will then fund them until the end of March 2016.

This will allow time to agree a future model for breastfeeding support across Hampshire.

The drop-ins that are affected are at Spring Meadow in Andover, Chineham, Overton, Tadley, Whitchurch, Kingsclere and Brookvale (Basingstoke).

For information follow:https://www.facebook.com/HampshireBreastfeedingCounselli

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Local breastfeeding drop-ins – Funding Crisis – we need you to help us NOW!!!!

Local breastfeeding drop-ins – Funding Crisis – we need you to help us NOW – If you would like to support our case for ongoing funding – please do NOW make contact by email with those who have influence over these decisions – details are below.

When our 2 year grant funding finishes at the end of this month we have no ongoing funding for our breastfeeding drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke. For the last 6 months we have been working with commissioners at the CCG but were very disappointed to find out two weeks ago that they do not plan to change the way they commission maternity services to include the breastfeeding drop-ins. (The term “commissioning” means buying services – using money allocated by central government).

Our recent evaluation of the 479 women who registered last year at one of our drop-ins, shows us that women feel that this service is different and more specialised than what is generally on offer to them. If you would like a copy of the evaluation please email us (contact at end of this letter).

We are continuing to negotiate positively with those in a range of organisations who have a responsibility for supporting women to breastfeed in Hampshire. In fact this is part of the problem – as there is no single organisation responsible.

If you would like to support our case for ongoing funding – please do NOW make contact by email with those who have influence over these decisions – details are below.

We would appreciate it if you could copy Fiona in to any emails you do send. Fiona Robertson: fiona@hampshirebfcs.co.uk

If you have used our drop-ins, you might like to include your own experience of using our service and why it was different from the service you received elsewhere – the commissioners believe they are already paying for enough breastfeeding support without our drop-ins – do you agree? If not, please tell them why. The cost of commissioning our drop-ins is about the same as the cost of employing one nurse or midwife; i.e. a tiny fraction of the overall CCG budget.

We have included a range of people you may consider emailing – these are all people who hold influence over how Department of Health money is spent in Hampshire.

For your ease of copying and pasting here is the list of email addresses:

sam.hullah@nhs.net

Sally.Pastellas@hampshire.nhs.uk

amandabritton@nhs.net

janet.hoff@hants.gov.uk

public.health@hants.gov.uk

Nicky.Adamson-Young@southernhealth.nhs.uk

Caroline.Brunt@hhft.nhs.uk

+ your MP and your local councillor.

The benefits of breastfeeding and some key information about how the NHS saves money when women breastfeed follows after the email addresses.

Key organisations and people you may like to contact

North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

The CCGs are the fairly new groups that are run by GP practices to commission (ie purchase) all the services patients need.

These are the local CCGs aims:
■ being open and accountable to our patients and communities, ensuring they are at the heart of everything we do
■ understanding our population and addressing inequalities so that services are in place to meet needs
■ planning services that best meet those needs now and in the future
■ aiming to secure the right care in the right place at the right time and at the right price

Dr Sam Hullah, Chief Clinical Officer of North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and chair of the Clinical Cabinet. Dr Hullah is responsible for leading on decisions about how the CCG budget is spent and on which services. Why not let him know what you think should be a priority?

sam.hullah@nhs.net

Sally Pastellas – Senior Commissioning Manager for maternity and children – North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group – Sally has worked with us over 6 months looking at the service we provide and put the case to the clinical cabinet to consider funding the drop-ins which was rejected. The letter confirming this said: “North Hampshire CCG is committed to improving breast feeding rates for local women and will continue to look at initiatives that will support this commitment.”

Sally.Pastellas@hampshire.nhs.uk

Dr Amanda Britton, Vice Chair of the CCG clinical cabinet and also a GP at The Hackwood surgery. Amanda is aware of the service we offer as her surgery is very close to the Brookvale drop-in.

amandabritton@nhs.net

Hampshire County Council:

Janet Hoff – Children’s Services Commissioner – Janet leads the team that commissions Action for Children (the Children’s Centres) to deliver services to families including breastfeeding. It was a grant from Children’s Services that funded the drop-ins for their first year.

janet.hoff@hants.gov.uk

Ruth Milton – Director of Public Health, Hampshire – Public health commission services and have a responsibility to promote and support breastfeeding for improved health outcomes for resident of Hampshire. It was a Health and Wellbeing grant from public health funds that funds the drop-ins for the second year (until the end of May).

public.health@hants.gov.uk

Local Councillors – “Councillors decide the budgets and policies for the vital local services provided by Hampshire County Council.” You might like to tell yours what you think HCC should be spending local money on – the list is here and ask them to contact Janet Hoff and Ruth Milton.

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/yourcountyc…/findyourcouncillor.htm

Southern Health

Southern Health currently commissions all of the health visiting service.

Nicky Adamson-Young – Divisional Director for Children and Families

Nicky has visited our drop-in at Whitchurch where we run alongside the health visitor clinic and a stay and play session run by the Children’s Centre – she commented that this three way partnership was regarded as a model of best practice for supporting families.

Nicky.Adamson-Young@southernhealth.nhs.uk

Hampshire Hospitals – Midwifery

Caroline Brunt, Associate Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health & Deputy Chief Nurse – Caroline has supported our discussions with the CCG over the last 6 months and has agreed to contribute financially if other parties with a responsibility for breastfeeding also contribute.

Caroline.Brunt@hhft.nhs.uk

Your MP – parliament is currently dissolved for the election

Likely to be Maria Miller in Basingstoke and Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire including Overton and Whitchurch) kit@kitmalthouse.com We don’t have information about Andover at this stage

Information about our drop-ins from our evaluation completed last week that you may like to use:

In the last 12 months in Andover and Basingstoke:

1.Of the mothers registered with Andover and Basingstoke GPs who initiated breastfeeding, 17.6% registered at one of our drop-ins
2.474 women registered at a drop-in in the last 12 months and there were 1228 visits (women often return a second or third time either with a complex issue or with a different issue at a later stage) To run the drop-ins in Basingstoke and Andover for 12 months costs about the same as to employ one nurse or midwife for one year.
3.At first postnatal visit to a drop-in, 51% of babies are under 4 weeks
4.93% of mothers reported that their breastfeeding issues were fully or partially resolved as a result of attending one of the drop-ins and 87% reported that their confidence in breastfeeding improved as a result of attending.
5.At 6 weeks, 84% of the babies whose mothers received our support were exclusively breastfed, compared to 38.3% for North Hampshire CCG area

Evidence that supporting breastfeeding effectively saves the NHS money:

1.Breastfeeding initiation rates for North Hampshire are just under 80%, yet at 6-8 weeks less than half of mothers (48% Wessex Area CCGs, NHS England 2015) are giving any breastmilk to their babies.
2.86% of mothers who stop breastfeeding in the first 2 weeks report that they would have liked to breastfeed for longer (McAndrew, F. et al. 2012)
3.UNICEF UK commissioned the report “Preventing Disease and Saving Resources” (2012) and the report findings show that for just 5 illnesses, moderate increases in breastfeeding would translate in to NHS cost savings of £40 million and a reduction in hospital admissions and GP consultations.
4.The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement estimated an average overnight stay for a patient in an NHS hospital was £225 (2008) and the 2013 Units Health and Social Care report from the Personal Social Services Research found that an 11.7 minute trip to the GP costs the NHS £45 and £27 for a 7.1 minute telephone consultation with a GP. Babies in the UK who are not breastfed are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital in the first year of life with gastrointestinal illness (Jones 2013).

The UNICEF report concludes: “Investment in effective services to increase and sustain breastfeeding rates is likely to provide a return within a few years, possibly as little as one year.”

If you would like to get a copy of our evaluation or offer any further support please contact us:

Sarah Crowdy: sarah@hampshirebfcs.co.uk

Mindy Noble: mindy@hampshirebfcs.co.uk

Fiona Robertson: fiona@hampshirebfcs.co.uk