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Save Kings Community Breastfeeding Clinics

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"Putting our patients at the heart of everything we do" say Kings College Hospital - however they have chosen in the most callous way to disregard some of their most vulnerable population, new mums and babies in the local community.

Kings have completely cut the funding for the exceptional breastfeeding support clinics. A service that should be celebrated as outstanding & used as a model for other areas.

The dedicated team of experts have developed the service to become an integral part of the care for the health and well being of new mums & babies in the local community. They provide this in a way that is accessible, every session is busy but no mum is turned away. The team gives individual personalised help that cannot be provided by any other profession.

The risk of Post natal depression doubles in mums who want to Breastfeed but can't. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer serious infections. In adulthood their risk of heart disease, cancer & obesity is reduced. All of these cost the NHS billions of pounds. This is on Lambeth & Southwark own website's who are trying to trying to achieve Stage 1 of community accreditation for the UNICEF baby friendly initiative.

There is not a single breastfeeding clinic (known as cafes or milk spots) when a new mum doesn't arrive in tears, in pain with a newborn who has been signposted by their midwife, health visitor, GP, friend - a new mum for whom every hour is an emotional roller coaster. For who getting the right timely assistance, diagnosis & psychological care has long term consequences on their ability to continue to breastfeed. The practical help, the emotional support is enormous. These cafes provide the safe space for local mums who would otherwise be socially isolated.

Breastfeeding should be a choice open to all, but with these cuts that choice is being denied to mums.

Please sign and support your local community & services - covering Herne Hill, Streatham, Tulse Hill, Peckham, East Dulwich, Loughborough Junction, West Norwood, Camberwell.

Please share far and wide - this is an unjust decision made with no consultation of local people.

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