This October spend time with friends, enjoy some cake and maybe even do some exercise – and the money you raise will help make sure every Mum can access breastfeeding peer support.
The Breastfeeding Network’s Big Tea Break is a fundraising event running between 1st-31st October 2017, raising money for our Drugs in Breastmilk information service, which directly supports Mums with mental health issues to manage their medication safely whilst breastfeeding.
Through this service, we have been offering independent, evidence-based, confidential information and support via a trained pharmacist and volunteer since 1995. The demand for the service has increased every year and we now receive on average 550 emails per month from health professionals and families. We also have a very busy Facebook page @BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformation which receives around 600 requests for support every month.
One in every five of the questions we receive via the Drugs in Breastmilk service is related to treatments for mental health issues and there has been a significant rise in these questions over the last few years.
The service doesn’t receive any external funding so we rely on fundraising and donations to keep the service running
How can you help?
We have two exciting options for getting involved with our Big Tea Break event this year – you can challenge yourself (and a friend!) by signing up for our Big Tea Break virtual run or organise a Big Tea Break event and invite your friends, family, colleagues and local peer supporters to join you for tea, cake and chat! If you would like to join in with both options you can run, chat with a mate and eat cake all to help start conversations about maternal mental health and to support or Drugs in Breastmilk information service!