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New Breastfeeding Support Group to Launch at Dobbies Flagship store

10 September, 2018

Dobbies Garden Centre Melville in Lasswade has teamed up with Midlothian Peer Support Workers, NHS Lothian, to host a new group offering breastfeeding support and advice to mums.

During Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week in June, Dobbies announced its support of the ‘Breastfeed Here With Confidence’ scheme and has since displayed the badge in all its stores. Following on from its success, Midlothian Peer Supporters, wanted to provide a regular space to offer help and advice at the centre.

Jenny Hunter, Midlothian Peer Supporter for NHS Lothian, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch a new group for mothers in such a fantastic family-friendly venue. Our Mayfield group based at Newbattle Campus on Mondays is extremely popular, so launching a sister group in Lasswade on alternate weeks will enable us to reach out to more mums, more often.”

The first group will take place on 17th September between 10.30am-12.30pm in the restaurant area of the garden centre where peer support workers Jenny Hunter and Ashwyn Melmoth, who organised the venture, will welcome mums and will be on hand throughout. At every group, mothers will be offered a complimentary tea or coffee which a peer supporter will arrange on arrival. Fruit and water will be on offer throughout and a buggy park will be set up adjacent to the seating.

Dee Rutherford, Restaurant Manager at Dobbies said: “As a mum myself I remember how vital support is from groups like this. Mothers have the legal right to feed anywhere that’s a public space and in our restaurant we want to ensure all mums know they’re welcome and supported by us. My team and I are really looking forward to hosting this new group.”

Dobbies will be celebrating the launch with cupcakes from its restaurant and goody bags supplied by the team from its breastfeeding badge scheme which was created by mumpreneurs and co-founders of award-winning breastfeeding brand and social venture, The Bshirt.

No booking is required.

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