Support for mums

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 March 2015

Backwell breastfeeding support group.

Backwell breastfeeding support group.


A BACKWELL mother has set up a breast-feeding support group in the village.

Hannah Walter trained as a peer supporter and will soon be qualified as a breast-feeding counsellor with the Association of Breast-feeding Mothers (ABM).

She said: “When I was a new mum, I found feeding my son very difficult and the support I received from groups was absolutely invaluable.

“After discussions with many of the mothers in the village, we all feel that Backwell is lacking a support network for breast-feeding mums.

“The nearest group is at Nailsea and Backwell Children’s Centre, but at almost four miles away it is not used by mums in the village as it’s not walkable.

“Mums in Backwell need a safe space to go to get used to feeding their babies out and about, receive peer support to help them overcome breast-feeding challenges and meet like-minded mums in the area.”

Backwell Association of Breast-feeding Mothers is run by volunteers at West Town Methodist Church, West Town Road, on Fridays during term time from 9.30-11.30am. Older siblings are welcome.

Backwell Parish Council has given the group £409 to enable four volunteers to train as supporters and to create a reference library. To find out more email

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