There are groups across Salford to advise on breastfeeding and helping with any problems that may arise. Bottle-feeders are welcome too, and health visitors and midwives regularly visit. There is also a Breast Mates scheme, where local women who have breastfed successfully are trained up to mentor new mums.
There are also groups which can help you with weaning – giving advice on things like what kinds of foods are best for your baby and how often to feed. There are buggy walks where you can meet other parents and share experiences. Find out more about groups and classes.
Giving your child the chance to meet and play with other children helps them become confident around others and they will learn a lot from the things other children do. In Salford there are family cooking sessions held across the city, where you can have fun together getting stuck into making tasty, healthy meals and snacks.
There are 15 Sure Start children’s centres in Salford which can provide family support and activities for under 5s. Groups include baby massage, play sessions, swimming sessions, dads group, and story time sessions.
Being a teenage parent shouldn't put you off going to groups to help support your baby. In Salford there are young mum’s and dad’s groups running at children’s centres where you can take part in activities, meet other families, and talk to workers. Trips have included Blackpool Zoo and activities like cooking and crafts. Contact Liz on 0161 603 6875.