FAMILIES helped by Halton’s infant feeding clinic met to celebrate the first six months of the new venture.

The service has supported more than 22 families and has achieved a 100 per cent patient satisfaction rate.

The clinic was launched by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to provide mums with specialist advice and practical support to resolve any feeding issues they are having with their babies.

Carole Brazier, the trust’s infant feeding co-ordinator, said: “The service is striving to continually improve.

jne of the aims of the event has been to hear from mums who have used our service about what we are doing well and what more we can do to help them.

“We have also held a play session for the mums and babies and hosted a useful talk from a retailer about the importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.”

katy, a 29-year-old new mum, from Widnes, said: “I have enjoyed meeting other mums who breastfeed and learning about their experiences.

“I would recommend to anyone who is struggling with breastfeeding to ask for a referral to the team through their midwife or health visitor.”

Cllr Marie Wright, board member for health and wellbeing said: “We are committed to working with the infant feeding clinic so we can support mums that need that little bit of extra help and guidance with breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

“Our Children’s Centres in Halton host the clinic and offer a welcoming and friendly environment for families.”