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New Cross Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Our Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers scheme celebrates its 10th birthday in May 2021. Over the last decade, many volunteers have helped support local mothers on their infant feeding journey. These volunteers are women who have breastfed their babies and have gone on to have training to enable them to support other mothers in their community.
Local women volunteer as Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers for many varied reasons – here’s just a few:
- “To make a real difference to mothers and babies in their unique feeding journey”, Natalie from Perton
- “To support families at such a beautiful and sacred moment of their lives”, Shereen from Pendeford
- “To empower women in the new and daunting world of motherhood”, Kylie from Stowheath
- “To make a lasting difference”, Abby from Tettenhall
- “To support the best possible start for mothers and their babies”, Gaelle from Merridale
- “To empower as many families as possible to make informed decisions”, Emily from Cannock
- “So every mother has the support to achieve her breastfeeding goals”, Sophie from Cannock
- “To contribute to improving the overall health and well-being of mother and baby”, Andrea from Wednesfield
So what does being a breastfeeding peer supporter mean to the volunteers?
To find out more about our breastfeeding peer support scheme search online for ‘You and your baby Wolverhampton’ and find our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters webpage or contact the Trust’s Infant Feeding Team on 01902 695578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolverhampton's 'Virtual' Breastfeeding Support Groups
Pregnant women and new mothers are able to access twice weekly ‘live’ infant feeding support online, through our ‘virtual’ breastfeeding support and social groups.
These ‘virtual’ breastfeeding groups are being run by The Breastfeeding Network via Zoom, on a Tuesday and Thursday morning each week, from 10:00am - 12:00pm.
Many pregnant women find it very helpful to attend a breastfeeding support group before the birth of their baby, to talk to other mothers, ask questions and meet breastfeeding supporters.
New mothers also value support groups to gain practical breastfeeding support and information from peer supporters, and to meet other mothers to share their experiences.
If you are working, you may be able to ask your workplace for time off work to ‘attend’ one or more group sessions if they’ve been recommended by a health professional - ask your doctor or midwife for details.
For more information and to book a place onto one of the sessions, visit Wolverhampton Virtual Breastfeeding Group's Facebook page or email email@example.com
For details of other sources of breastfeeding support and information search online for “You and your baby Wolverhampton” or visit our Breastfeeding Support web page.
Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers
Pregnant women and new mothers can sign up to a free text message service known as 'Flo', to receive informative and motivational text messages.
Funded by NHS England/Improvement as part of The Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS), the ‘Flo’ message service will send regular helpful and supportive tips, videos and messages before and after baby arrives, on topics such as relationship building, what to expect, feeding your baby and safer sleep, by text to a mobile phone.
The friendly and reassuring texts are designed to arrive throughout pregnancy from 28 weeks until baby arrives.
After baby is born, by texting Flo with ‘BIRTHDAY’ and baby’s date of birth, Flo will then continue to send useful informative texts to help new mothers, until baby is 6 weeks old.
Flo is interactive too - if women need further help with feeding a baby they can text Flo with ‘HELP’, to receive a message with details of how to access the support and information they need.
To find out how to sign up to Flo for free, pregnant women or new mothers just need to speak to their midwife or visit the Trust’s Breastfeeding Support web page.