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Hundreds sign petition against withdrawal of breastfeeding support in Hove

A mother from Hove has started a petition after her local breastfeeding support worker's role was been cut.

Kim Walker used the support worker to help her breastfeed her baby and says she is worried that other mothers won't now get the same support:

The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, which had run the service, says the support worker has been re-deployed. In a statement, they told us:

"This is part of changes which aim to improve access to breastfeeding support across the whole of Brighton & Hove. For many years some parts of the City have had lower outcomes than others and we want to ensure our service can target the areas that need most support.

"We are working to increase the number of people able to provide breastfeeding support to families, and we are retaining our existing, experienced, breastfeeding specialists to provide a city wide service.

"We're proud that Brighton & Hove is consistently ranked the best place in the UK for breastfeeding, and of the role that our amazing team plays in that. We're looking to take our service forward by providing more consistent support across a much wider area."

– Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

The breastfeeding petition currently has over 300 signatures.

Abigail Bracken's report includes interviews with mothers Gemma Bigwood and Sarah Ison, as well as Janet Sang from Sussex Defends the NHS.