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Breastfeeding Peer Supporters

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters

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A commitment of the Trust

As part of its commitment to support breastfeeding mothers, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust employs a Breastfeeding Peer Support Co-ordinator to recruit and train a network of women, to provide breastfeeding information and support to pregnant women, new mothers and their families across Wolverhampton.

Highly valued support

Breastfeeding peer support is recognised as an effective way to increase the number of women who choose to breastfeed and to help them to continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish.

It has been found that breastfeeding peer support is highly valued by breastfeeding mothers - in the early days after the birth of their baby, many mums find it really useful to be able to discuss any queries they may have about breastfeeding with a Peer Supporter.

Invaluable support in Wolverhampton - take a look...

Learn more about Breastfeeding Peer Support in Wolverhampton by watching the short video below. You'll hear from the scheme co-ordinator, a breastfeeding peer supporter and see one of the volunteers in action.

Who are Breastfeeding Peer Supporters?

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are mothers who have breastfed their babies and who have had training on breastfeeding and the support of mothers. They continue to receive support, supervision and further training as they support breastfeeding women in their community.

What do Breastfeeding Peer Supporters do?

Attend antenatal classes or clinics, breastfeeding drop-in groups or post-natal wards, Peer Supporters provide breastfeeding information to pregnant women, support women as they start and continue to breastfeed, discuss topics such as the introduction of solid food, returning to work, moving on from breastfeeding and sources of local support.

The provision of skilled support from women who have first hand experience of breastfeeding and have undertaken further training in order to provide information and support, has been found to be invaluable!

Click here to download a copy of the Volunteer Role Description
   

What is involved in being a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Wolverhampton?

Our peer supporters choose where they wish to provide breastfeeding support from either antenatal classes or clinics, breastfeeding drop-in groups or post-natal wards or a mixture of all of them.

Their support can be during the daytime, evening or weekend, for as much or as little time as they wish - there is no need to commit to regular timeslots, a number of hours or particular days.

We would greatly welcome any time that women could spare to support breastfeeding mothers in their area, at locations, days and times to suit themselves.

Breastfeeding peer support is enormously valuable even if it is just for an hour or so here and there, on an occasional ad-hoc basis.

Click here to download a copy of a summary document about Breastfeeding Peer Supporters

What is needed to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Wolverhampton?

If you are interested in supporting other mothers in Wolverhampton with breastfeeding, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude towards breastfeeding and have a breastfeeding experience of your own, we can’t wait to hear from you!

Why become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Wolverhampton?

There are many reasons for becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Wolverhampton.

  • Make a positive difference to the women and their families
  • Use your breastfeeding experience and skills to help others
  • Give someone else the same positive support that you experienced
  • Make sure other women benefit from your knowledge, experience and support
  • Gain new skills and knowledge
  • Make new friends and acquaintances
  • Do something different from your paid job
  • Have fun
  • Keep busy
  • Gain work experience for a change of career
  • Have the opportunity to work alongside other peer support workers and health professionals including midwives, family support workers and health visitors.

  • All of our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are trained to learn more about Breastfeeding and how to support other mothers to breastfeed their babies, and will be offered continual ongoing support, supervision and training opportunities.

In addition, the Trust assists Breastfeeding Peer Supporters with car park expenses and reimburses their travel expenses incurred while volunteering.

What do our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters say about volunteering in Wolverhampton?

“I have found the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter work I have so far undertaken to be enormously rewarding, and a wonderful opportunity to make such a positive, meaningful and life-long difference to the lives of both the women and their babies.’’ DW, 2010

“I feel that being a breastfeeding peer supporter in fantastic! Being able to help and support mums with such a meaningful experience is really special. I love being able to be there to support other mums if they need it”. ATA, 2011

“Supporting mums with breastfeeding information and support antenatally and in the early days, is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Being allowed to share those early precious moments with a new mother and her baby is a real honour to me. I am proud to be able to help women to breastfeed their babies for as long as they wish and I have been really moved from the wonderful feedback I have received from them, showing me how much they’ve valued my support.” NW, 2012

What do mothers say about breastfeeding peer support they have received?

“I have found the excellent support from the New Cross Hospital Breastfeeding Peer Supporters to be invaluable. They have made me confident in my ability to feed my baby myself, and have supported me through my struggles. No matter how small, someone was able to listen and help me overcome my issues” RC, 2012

“Before I had my baby, I only knew one person who breastfed, so breastfeeding just wasn’t the norm for my family. But after my son was born, the support I received from the Breastfeeding Peer Supporters who had breastfed their babies, was such a positive influence for me, it definitely helped me to carry on breastfeeding for much longer than I thought I would. Luckily, I didn’t really have any problems breastfeeding at the beginning, and feel that it’s such a shame that a lot of mums give up before they seek some help. I feel so proud of my amazing achievement and feel that breastfeeding has been so nice for myself and my son!” NR, 2012

“I found the Breastfeeding Peer Supporters at the hospital to be really nice and really helpful. Without their help I do not think that I would have carried on breastfeeding. I found that they actually listened to me and what I had to say without being pushy or telling me what to do. I am still breastfeeding today, thanks to them, which makes me feel absolutely overwhelmed with happiness and pride”. NT, 2012

Find out more about becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Wolverhampton

Diana West
Breastfeeding Peer Support Coordinator
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
D11 Maternity Unit
New Cross Hospital
Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP
01902 307999 x 8389
07791 430376

Email: diana.west@nhs.net

Click here to download a copy of the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Application Form

Click here for full details of local and national sources of breastfeeding support.
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