Members of the Chorley and South Ribble Knit and Natter Group in Lancashire, England, decided to knit something useful for new mothers learning to breastfeed: knitted breasts!
[Breastfeeding Network] helper Sara Cookson said that whilst the knitted boobs seem quite funny at first glance, they’re actually one of their most important tools, and they would be lost without them.
She explained: “The knitted breasts allow us to demonstrate feeding in a hands-off way that people are comfortable with.
“Many mothers stop breastfeeding their babies in the first few weeks after birth. If we can help them get through this period, they can go on to successfully breastfeed.”
The groups, which meet at Wade Hall in Leyland and Highfield Children’s Centre in Chorley, use the breasts with life-size baby dolls to show techniques including the hand expressing of milk and the best way to latch a baby on to the breast for feeding.