Breastfeeding Peer Support Training

 

What is a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter?

Peer Supporters collecting their certificates in March 2010A breastfeeding peer supporter is a mother who has breastfed or is breastfeeding; or expressing and giving breastmilk.

She also has a positive attitude towards breastfeeding and wants to help and support other mothers who choose to breastfeed.

This is  a brief outline of the role and the training, and the commitment involved.

Breastfeeding peer supporters in Plymouth are volunteers who regularly attend one of the Latch On Breastfeeding Support Groups or visit the maternity wards at Derriford Hospital and offer support in a number of ways. These include being there to welcome new Mums and Mums-to-be to the groups (and Dads/Grandparents too), providing information and support when required and generally help with the organisation and running of the group. There are no special requirements other than a commitment to breastfeeding, and a desire to help others.

All of the groups are supported by children’s centre staff as well as peer supporters, however the importance of peer support is that new Mums feel very comfortable seeking support from other Mums.

 

How Do I Become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter?

Our Peer Support training is accredited by Aim Awards.

To apply you would go through your children’s centre who  will book you on, agree to take you on as a volunteer and pay the course fee. We ask that peer supporters are willing to go through the children’s centre volunteer process which may involve a 2 day induction and will include a DBS check, and then to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months after being cleared to volunteer.

If you were interested in supporting at Derriford in the Maternity unit or NICU we unfortunately have to ask you to cover the £25 course fee as we do not presently have an agreement from them to pay for their volunteers. In that case we can book you on. This would cover the registration fee with Aim Awards  and some of the handouts and t shirt costs. Volunteers at Derriford have more flexibility over when they can attend with many going in on evenings and /or weekends.

Peer Support Training runs three times a year. The course is 10 sessions (once a week for 2 and a half hours). These include a pre-course introductory session and an end of course Celebration where you will receive a certificate and your T-shirt. If you have a young baby you can bring him or her with you. Courses only run during term time.

If you would like to find out more, please have a look at the Role of the peer supporter, speak to your midwife or health visitor, or to a peer supporter at one of the Latch On groups.

For more details email oneyou.plymouth@nhs.net    with Peer support as the subject