MOTHERS and babies gave their support to a national breastfeeding event.

They met midwives and health visitors in the Port Arcades to chat about feeding, and receive help and advice.

While they talked, a colouring competition kept their children amused. There was also a quiz for the grown-ups.

Borough MP Andrew Miller dropped by to support the event, part of National Breast-feeding Awareness Week.

There was also a coffee morning for mums in the LINKS Healthy Living Centre, where they could meet people in a similar situation.

Port midwife Margaret Redman said: 'Mums who give breastfeeding a go are giving their babies a special start in life, which is definitely something to celebrate.'

Meanwhile, Countess of Chester Hospital midwives Janet Beech and Maryellen Dean are looking to recruit

mothers who are willing to pass on their own experience of breastfeeding to new mums.

Training will be provided. For further information, call 01244 365401 or e-mail janet.beech

The scheme, called Mother to Mother, is a joint project between the Countess, public health bodies, Ellesmere Port & Neston and Cheshire West Primary Care Trusts, Sure Start Ellesmere Port and Sure Start Blacon.