Celebrating Cheshire and Merseyside’s Unsung Heroes of Breastfeeding

When we hear the term ‘breastfeeding support’ we often think about professional help but experiences show that for every breastfeeding mother, there is often at least one person who has been there for them. In some cases, perhaps just to bring a glass of water. In other cases it may be the person who sees them through the hardest times. 

We want to highlight the invisible hands, smiles, words and deeds of the supporters who help us on the journey of breastfeeding, whether it is your neighbour, friend, mother-in-law, partner or child. We know that there are so many people in the community that make a crucial difference.

Who can take part?

Everyone in Cheshire and Merseyside with a picture or story to share! Your breastfeeding buddy might be supporting you with breastfeeding right now – or your days of breastfeeding might be a distant memory – it doesn’t matter! We want to celebrate all Cheshire and Merseyside’s breastfeeding heroes new and old and show that breastfeeding isn’t a secret act – it’s at the heart of our communities.

What to do

Send us a picture of your Breastfeeding Buddy and let us know what you’d like them to be celebrated for – if you’re posting it on social media, use #MyBreastfeedingBuddy on your social media post – or @mybreastfeedingbuddy or email directly (below).

You could take a photo yourself if it’s someone you’re going to see (please don’t break Covid rules!).  Or you could ask them to send a selfie for the project (with their permission).

If you can’t get a picture, we’d still like to know why this person was important to you, so please send us a tweet or Facebook post telling us who helped you breastfeed and how?

What will happen to my picture?

We are going to use all the images on our social media account @mybreastfeedingbuddy during the exhibition of The Holding Time Project in 2022. We aim to show the social media feed as a ‘social wall’ as part of the exhibition. The social wall may be displayed around the Cheshire and Merseyside area in healthcare settings. By sending us your image, you agree to your image being used in the above settings.

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