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Bosom Buddies, the weekly local breastfeeding support group led by NHS Western Isles, has restarted.

Whatever way local mums choose to feed their baby is their decision, but it is also important that they are able to access good quality breastfeeding support, as well as having the opportunity to forge new friendships with other parents.

Led by the local Health Visiting team, the free group encourages nursing mums to come together and offer support to each other, and will meet from 10.30am-12 noon at The Failte Centre on Bayhead, Stornoway.

Anna Mackay, Health Visitor, said, “We recognise it has been a challenging time for all new parents due to COVID-19 social isolation restrictions.

"However, in restarting Bosom Buddies we know our friendly group will allow mums to form new friendships, which will also improve their overall maternal mental health. Staff from our friendly Health Visiting team are always in attendance at the group, should parents ever wish to seek advice without a formal home visit.

“In addition, our nursing mums can also offer a fantastic source of breastfeeding tips, and are great for ongoing support, particularly when there is nothing wrong but a bit of moral support and reassurance is needed. So, whether you are already breastfeeding, or an antenatal mother hoping to breastfeed in the future, you will be made most welcome at our small group.”

Please note that they still require mums to wear masks and keep a safe physical distance from others at the group.

Anyone who develops any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the group under any circumstances.

Instead, they should self-isolate and arrange a test by contacting the local COVID-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And Western Isles Breastfeeding Support says join us at our Fledglings group is on at Claddach Kirkibost Centre and Cafe in North Uist today (Friday February 4)  at 10am.

We'll be chatting about infant feeding and bonding, with breastfeeding support on hand from our trained peer supporters should you need it. All welcome.

For more information and to book your place, see