Picnic in Sheffield shows breast is best

A breastfeeding picnic held in the Winter Gardens
A breastfeeding picnic held in the Winter Gardens
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Breastfeeding mums gathered in Sheffield for the first of two special picnics encouraging women to feed their babies the natural way.

The event took place in the Winter Garden as part of the fifth annual Sheffield Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

A second picnic is happening tomorrow at the same venue from 11am to 1pm.

Mum Anna Wiggins, aged 35, from Meersbrook, said she took her one-year-old son Billy-Bob to last year’s picnic when he was just three months old.

Initially she found breastfeeding ‘very difficult and painful’ and lacked confidence feeding in public.

“Breastfeeding at the picnic event was the first time I had fed in public,” she said.

“I felt comfortable physically and emotionally. It was empowering being part of such a wonderful event.”

Several public places and workplaces across Sheffield are accredited as being ‘breastfeeding friendly’, offering facilities and support for mums.

Two years ago the city also received the UNICEF Baby Friendly award.

Anna, an art technician at Sheffield Hallam University, worked on a project about breastfeeding while studying for a Masters degree in graphic design. Some of her art is on show at this year’s picnics.

“Through my research I found out about the huge level of support available in Sheffield,” she added.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “I would encourage all new mums and mums-to-be to breastfeed if they can.

“Not only is it great for babies, but it also has health benefits for mums.

“Now you can do it any time and anywhere in Sheffield.”