THE National Childbirth Trust (NCT) branch in Basingstoke has been given a grant to allow it to help out more people.

The NCT branch in Basingstoke has been given a grant of just under £10,000 to continue its weekly breast-feeding drop-in service for another year.

The service offers evidence-based and impartial information and support free of charge to all parents and this new grant is going to keep the programme going for another year.

Since its inception in 2011, the Basingstoke BABIES drop-in has supported over 1,200 mothers, with many making repeat visits. The funding will also fund some of breastfeeding peer supporters, with the course planned to start in January 2019.

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“Every drop-in session is led by two qualified breastfeeding counsellors along with peer supporters, similar to those who will be trained as part of this project. They are mums who have benefited from the service and who have come back to volunteer and support other women.”

A survey carried out by the group of 479 mothers who attended indicated that more than 98 per cent would recommend the drop-in service, and 93 per cent polled said their breastfeeding issues were completely or partially resolved.

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