A new breast feeding support group is being launched for mothers in Johnstone.
The “Johnstone Breast Buddies” service opens on Tuesday, March 6, in Dimity Street Church.
And the “breast is best” message is being passed on by five local mums who have been trained by the Breast Feeding Network to give help and support to new mothers in the Johnstone area.
Mums and mums-to-be are invited to come along and get information, ask questions, enjoy a massage and a buffet, and pick up goodie bags of baby vests bibs and little things for mum.
Maria Laverty, Infant Feeding Promoter, said: “The event will be informal, friendly and welcoming, and the invitation includes dads and grannies-to-be as well!
“The message we want to get over is that breastfeeding can be easy with the right support.
Breastfeeding has health benefits for both mother and baby, with advantages extending beyond infancy and into childhood.
“For example, it lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and can lead to a lower risk of different cancers in women.”
The new group will meet every Tuesday between 12.30 and 2.30 pm, offering information about breastfeeding and weaning.
Benefits for the baby include protection against ear infections, chest infections, wheezing, childhood diabetes, asthma, eczema, diarrhoea and gastro-enteritis.
It also promotes brain development, mouth and jaw formation and straighter teeth.
Mothers can also enjoy a lower risk of ovarian cancer, pre-menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer at between 10.30am and 2pm on Tuesday, March 6, August 4, at Dimity Street Church, Johnstone.