In support of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) and the recent UK Breastfeeding Week, Locala’s team of Breastfeeding Peer Supporters were out and about raising awareness about the services they provide to new mums in Calderdale.
Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are volunteers who have breastfed a child for at least four months, and support mums in locations including Children’s Centres, hospitals and Baby Café’s, as well as providing support over the phone and home visits. There are currently 56 volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters in Calderdale, providing around 150 hours of support every month. The team often work alongside Midwives and Health Visitors helping mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
The Peer Supporters visited Todmorden Children’s Centre, where the breastfeeding group held a Women’s Health morning. Mums were treated to a free back massage and received information and support from Physiotherapists regarding after birth recovery, and had the opportunity to ask questions and access the support offered by the Breastfeeding Peer Supporters.
The team also visited Calderdale Baby Café, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Boothtown Children’s Centre and Illingworth Children’s Centre.
If you would like to receive support from one of the team contacting our telephone helpline on 07920466660 or attend one of the breastfeeding support groups. Mums also have the opportunity to speak to Peer Supporters in hospital, Baby Cafés and antenatal clinics. More information can be found on the Infant Feeding section of the Locala website, here www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/infant-feeding/breastfeeding-support/
If you would like help make a difference and share your skills and experience why not join the Peer Support Team. One of the Calderdale Peer Supporters who has recently left the service to pursue midwifery training has said, ‘Over the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of supporting mums with breastfeeding in lots of locations. It has made me want to support mums more around this amazing time of pregnancy and birth. What we do as peer supporters is amazingly simple, we listen without judgement!’ If you are able to volunteer around 2 -3 hours each week Locala would like to hear from you. More information can be found on the Locala website here