Bump to Breast: Breastfeeding Group Support

Our Bump to Breast: Group-based Breastfeeding Support project is being delivered in partnership by four local voluntary sector agencies: community-based organisations Southend YMCA (who are leading the project), Family Storehouse, Family Action: Southend’s Children’s Centres and Milton Community Partnership.

The sessions take place on a weekly basis in a variety of settings across the ABSS areas. Mothers will be offered support both antenatally and postnatally.

Part of service is about training mothers to become breastfeeding ‘supporters’. Peer volunteers are trained during these sessions with providers offering a 6-week training course for this, working towards providing long-term continuity and sustainability.

The project aims to increase breastfeeding rates in the target wards, as well as looking to increase links between families in these areas and cultivating community partnerships. Learning from the 6-month pilot project will then be used to inform the service model for a longer-term project that will run for the next 3-5 years.

Dates, times and locations for sessions:

  • Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm at Southend YMCA Eco Hub, 2a St John’s Road, Westcliff, SS0 7JZ
  • Wednesdays 10am-12noon at Friars Children’s Centre, Shoeburyness, SS3 9XX
  • Thursdays 10am-12noon at St Marks Church Community Centre, Princes Street, Southend, SS1 1QA
  • Thursdays 12.30pm-2pm at The Plaza Centre, 600 Southchurch Road, SS1 2PT

Partners, friends & grandparents welcome too!

If you would like to take part in the course or would like more information, you can contact Eleanor King at Southend YMCA EleanorKing@southendymca.org.uk or 07384258800.