MUMS came together this week to celebrate breastfeeding as part of a national initiative.

The Big Breastfeeding Café returned for its eighth year on Thursday, with women meeting at home, in village halls and in breastfeeding groups to share stories and advice.

The initiative also helped to spread the message that “breastmilk is a magical thing”, due to its antibodies and ability to adapt to a baby’s needs.

Sophie Pratt, from Shoreham, held an event in her home, saying she is passionate about empowering fellow breastfeeding mothers.

The Argus: Sophie Pratt, from Shoreham, organised a breastfeeding eventSophie Pratt, from Shoreham, organised a breastfeeding event

Medela, the company which runs the event, hoped to go “back to its roots” with communities for this year’s event after them beinf exclusively online due to the pandemic.

“Our main aim is to give all the breastfeeding and expressing mamas, and mamas to be, a giant high five, so it will certainly be a wonderful national event once again,” said Charlotte Price, marketing manager at Medela, which makes breastfeeding products such as pumps.

“The event has supported thousands of women and really given them a day to celebrate their achievements so far in their breastfeeding and expressing journeys.”

It comes as Chichester was recently listed as being the UK's tenth most friendly city for breastfeeders.