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To: Teresa Villiers
Save Barnet Breastfeeding Support Service!
Reverse the decision by Barnet Council to remove funding for the Barnet breastfeeding support service.
Why is this important?
The Barnet breastfeeding support service is a small team of trained, highly experienced workers.
This service provides FREE breastfeeding support every week day across the whole borough of Barnet. It has been running since 2014 and has supported over 1,500 families.
The service provides antenatal and postnatal one to one support to mothers through: home visits, drop in groups, baby groups, phone & email support.
After having my 3rd baby I was struggling with feeding. The midwives were really helpful but due to the pressures on the NHS they just didnt have the time to spend supporting me. The Barnet Breastfeeding Support Service was the one service that I felt gave me time and non-judgemental support when i needed it the most, both emotional and practical.
7 years ago when my first baby was born there were just 2 groups offering breastfeeding support in the borough, both of which started at 9am, which were impossible for me to attend as a mother of a new baby! I would hate for the borough to regress back to this, very limited support, if anything.
Report findings show that for just five illnesses, moderate increases in breastfeeding would translate into cost savings for the NHS of up to £50 million and tens of thousands of fewer hospital admissions and GP consultations.
Please help us save this service!