This week KCH announced that in September it would be withdrawing from community work the four specialist midwives who currently work in breastfeeding clinics and in homes across Lambeth and Southwark. This is dreadful news for families in the area. The clinics, known as Milk Spots, are a lifeline, providing free, accessible expert advice for those struggling with breastfeeding at any point. The midwives are tongue tie experts, able to refer to the TT clinic, and have spotted many ties that had been missed by other HCPs. Losing this service will mean increased pressure on other services, already stretched to breaking.
The clinics also offer emotional support and friendship. It has also been found that women who want to breastfeed and for whatever reason are not able are twice as likely to have PND. The clinics have a social function therefore that shouldn't be minimised. Women arrive in years and leave much happier.
We believe Kings should be proud to offer this service, not cutting it. A petition put online 36 hours ago has already got close to 1100 supporters. Please sign it if you disagree with KCH's decision. If you are local, please contact your MP, Councillors, MSLC or anyone else you can think of to protest against this move.
Now with working link. And of course women arrive in tears, not years. Although the clinics have been operating for years. You only have to read some of the comments on the petition to see the difference they have made to so many women.