28 July 2023
Public Health Jersey, together with Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) and Health and Community Service (HCS) is delighted to invite Islanders to celebrate breastfeeding in a week of events marking World Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 1 to 7 August.
Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife, Debbie McCoy, will lead activities at the General Hospital to provide support and information on the benefits of breastfeeding in nurturing the health and wellbeing of infants and mothers.
Additionally, two public events are planned in the Royal Square and Howard Davis Park to provide an opportunity to interact with Breastfeeding Specialists, dietitians, and paediatricians, as well as other organisations dedicated to promoting the health and happiness of mothers and babies.
Wednesday, 2 August: 11 am - 2 pm at the Town Hall
Saturday, 5 August: 11 am - 2 pm at Howard Davis Park
Saturday’s event will be opened by Dr. Kyd, wife of the Lt Governor His Excellency Vice-Admiral Kyd. Islanders are encouraged to bring along their picnic and a cosy blanket to make the day even more enjoyable. It's the perfect opportunity to relax, have fun, and spend quality time with loved ones.
Deputy Raluca Kovacs, Breastfeeding Guardian for Jersey and Chair of UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Jersey said: “Breastfeeding gives great benefits to both babies and mothers, in Jersey much work has been done in recent years to improve the support and information available to new parents to improve breastfeeding rates.
“Part of the activity during this week is a focus on how, as a community we can all support mothers in choosing to breastfeed by being "Breastfeeding Friendly". I’m delighted that several businesses have signed up to the Jersey Breastfeeds initiative, I hope to see even more coming on-board during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week and beyond.
“I’m really looking forward to engaging with Islanders during the week and providing opportunities for families to connect with many of the Islands infant health experts and with one another.
”Please join us in celebrating the significance of breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week! Let's come together to support and empower mothers, ensuring a healthier and happier future for our Island's children.”