HEALTH visitors are launching a free advice programme to encourage mothers to breast feed their babies.

New sessions start in the Taylor Road Community Centre, off St Andrew's Road, Bishop Auckland, on March 3 and continue on alternate Thursdays from 10am until noon.

A group has met at Station View health centre in the past and proved popular.

Health visitor Kim Moore said: "We tell them about the long term benefits of breast feeding and encourage them as much as we can.

"A lot of research has shown that peer support is a good way of finding help."

For information on the group, call (01388) 665910.