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BBC Radio Sheffield teams up with Woman’s Hour for breastfeeding specials


BBC Radio Sheffield will join forces with Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour next week for a special series of programmes about breastfeeding.

The idea came from Radio Sheffield’s weekend breakfast presenter Kat Cowan who has recently returned to work after maternity leave. The presenter gave birth to her son Cooper in March 2018.

Cowan will be a guest on Woman’s Hour on Monday January 28th when she will talk openly about her own experiences trying to breastfeed her baby.

She said: “It was by far and away the hardest part of being a new mum and a world away from the images I’d had of feeding my baby when I was pregnant. I have never doubted myself so much and never felt as guilty as I did when it became obvious I couldn’t produce enough milk for my son. What made it worse is that I felt very isolated.”

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BBC Sheffield’s Kat Cowan with baby Cooper

On Tuesday, new data from a poll jointly commissioned by BBC Radio Sheffield and Woman’s Hour will reveal women’s views about feeding and also investigate the factors affecting how women fed their babies, including public pressure and their mental health.

On Wednesday there will be a phone-in broadcast on both Radio Sheffield and Woman’s Hour from 10am. This will be jointly presented by Jane Garvey from Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards.

Katrina Bunker, Editor of BBC Radio Sheffield, added: “Last year we forged a really successful relationship with Woman’s Hour when we worked together on a special week of programming around the menopause. We received a lot of positive feedback from listeners across the country so it’s great to link up with Radio 4 again to investigate issues around feeding your baby, another topic that can have huge impact on people’s lives.”

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