Mother's Union from Somerset has knitted 150 woolen breasts to help women breast feed for NHS. Instead of balloons these replica woolen breasts will be used to explain how to deal with blocked ducts and mastitis and to show how to express breast milk.
According to NHS infant feeding specialist Louise Stickland, the idea of using knitted breasts in training aid has come from the women who did knitting of clothes for premature babies. She asked them to do the job for her. "To my delight, they agreed and enrolled four of their best knitters, who have done an outstanding job." said Louise.
These colorful ranges of breasts will be professionally used by nurses and community workers across Somerset to help train breastfeeding mothers. According to Shirley Dibbs, liaison officer at the Mothers' Union, Members of the Mothers' Union are always ready to help good causes and we often produce knitted clothes for very small premature babies.
Initially in NHS, breastfeeding trainers had to use balloons to demonstrate feeding skills, but then heard about the Mothers' Union and asked them if they would be prepared to knit 150 breasts so that it could make them available as a training aid to every health visitor, community nurse and nursery nurse involved in supporting new breastfeeding mums.
However, this is the first time members of mother union had a request to knit woollen breasts. In fact, at first they misunderstood the concept and thought they needed 150 woolen vests.