B19017 Volunteers To Support New Mums Web

A group of 17 volunteers are set to become breast buddies for other local mums after completing training which enables them to give support to breastfeeding mothers at drop-in support groups in the community.

The “Breast Buddies” scheme is made up of local mothers who give up their time to support other mother’s with breastfeeding.

All the volunteers have personal experiences with breastfeeding and receive specialised training from a Worcestershire Health Care Trust Infant Feeding Coordinator, as well as all of the necessary checks. They will then use their knowledge and experience to help and support new mothers and mums-to-be in the breast buddies groups.

All the volunteers have breastfed at least one baby and receive specialised training from a Worcestershire Health Care Trust Infant Feeding Coordinator, as well as all of the necessary checks. They will then use their knowledge and experience to help and support new mothers and mums-to-be in the breast buddies groups.

The training covers a wide range of topics and enables the volunteers to support other mothers with the following:

  • Responsive feeding
  • Positioning and attachment
  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • Support if there are difficulties
  • Returning to work and successful breastfeeding
  • How to express
  • Introduction to solids
  • How to sign up local organisations to Worcestershire Welcomes Breastfeeding

The volunteers work alongside Breastfeeding Support Workers at Holly Trees Centre, Redditch on a Monday and Friday and at Pear Trees Centre, Bromsgrove on a Wednesday. All groups run from 10-11.30am.

Louise Langston, Children and Families Service Manager said: “We’re very proud of our current group of volunteers who officially qualified this week. All of the ladies have worked hard to get to this point and we have no doubt that they will be an enormous help to any mothers out there who are struggling with breastfeeding or just need a bit of support.

“The Breast Buddies groups are friendly and relaxed and are great places to meet other new mums and their babies so we’d encourage any new mums or mums-to-be who are or would like to breastfeed to come along.”

For more information about the groups contact Holly Trees Centre on 01527 61360 or how to become a volunteer, Alison Wakeman, Peer Support and Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01527 534150.

Pictured above: The latest group of volunteers received their qualifications at a presentation on Friday 29th March.