On Saturday 15th July LLL Southampton had a stall at the wonderful Southampton Mela festival. The event is attended by 30,000 people and is a family friendly day, so we imagined there would be a number of people who would be interested in breastfeeding support. It was an amazing opportunity to give information to parents, meet lots of members of the community and spread the word about LLL Southampton.
We had dads collecting information for their partners, people with questions about their new-borns, people who had breastfed years ago or who had struggled to breastfeed years ago, people who had struggled to breastfeed recently, people who had questions about nursing their toddler, people who were interested in LLL Leadership, people with friends abroad who wondered if LLL was in other countries (yes!) and many, many more.
At one point, a local independent film company interviewed us – very exciting! Anne entertained everyone with her amazing bubbles and the children loved having a go too. Grandmas came to help out at the stall and also to visit us with their LLL grandchildren.
We really felt a glow of community spirit and such support for breastfeeding which was truly wonderful.
Ultimately we to hope to have spread the word about our group and look forward to welcoming new mothers in September – if that’s you, then please come along and say hello.
We are now having a summer break because our venue does not hire out the room over the school holidays. We will of course be available via email and on our LLL Southampton facebook page. Have a wonderful summer!