Support for local mums at baby event

Help with the feeding process is at hand for parents and babies across Levenmouth
Help with the feeding process is at hand for parents and babies across Levenmouth

DOZENS of local mums attended a specially organised baby weaning event held recently at Woodlands Family Unit.

Aimed at supporting parents whose child is at the weaning stage, there was plenty of support from local agencies and businesses.

Homestart, NHS Health Visiting Service, Childsmile, Adam Smith College, Bookbug, Play on Wheels, Family Support in Fife, and Sainsburys were all there to provide advice and tips on the weaning process.

The event acted as a launch for a new local programme and Clark Graham, from Woodlands Nursery, explained: “There is a Scotland-wide drive looking at delaying the weaning process post six months and ensuring mums have positive attitudes to food.

“NHS Fife started a scheme last year aimed at developing projects in local areas to meet that need and the Getting It Right early years group in Levenmouth were granted £4000 to facilitate that work.”

Margaret Laing from Homestart Levenmouth says events like this can be hugely helpful.

“The good thing about today is that we have brought lots of different professionals together who are all reading from the same hymn sheet and working together.”

Clark added: “We’re really lucky in Levenmouth that there are good communication links between a number of agencies who work with under 3s and it can be good for mums to get to know different faces and know where they can turn if they need some help.”

Margaret also helps to run one of four baby cafes in the local area, in Kennoway, which was set up in 2011.

“We’ve had great feedback from the mums and a lot of the time, they just get something out of talking to each other and sharing experiences. We are always happy to welcome new mums as well.”