NCT DON'T REDUCE THE FEEDING HELPLINE!!

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Sally Smith started this petition to NCT

NCT DON'T REDUCE THE FEEDING HELPLINE!!!

As a parent and breastfeeding peer supporter I have been shocked and appalled by the cuts to breastfeeding support over the past decade.

A few years back I phoned the NCT at almost midnight with a 48 hour old baby who was refusing to feed. I was desperately worried and phoned the on call midwives only to be told to give formula. Not wishing to do so I found the number to the NCT Helpline which said it was open until midnight. I was surprised and relieved when the phone was answered after just one ring and an amazing woman listened to my panic and worries and helped me decide what to do going forward.

I have spoken to a friend who is an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and they are planning to close the line at 10pm rather than midnight. The changes are not about cost savings and allegedly not based on reliable statistics. The charity had an almost 17million turnover last year and a surplus of almost half a million.

I am disgusted that they are making these changes and urge all to sign to encourage them to reconsider.

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