Breastfeeding Peer Support Training
What is a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter?
A breastfeeding peer supporter is a mother who has breastfed (or is breastfeeding), 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 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 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 health professionals 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?
We are very pleased to announce that our Peer Support training is now accredited by Ascentis (formerly the Open College Network South West Region OCNSWR). This means that peer supporters will gain three credits at level two on successful completion of the course.
To become a peer supporter, we ask that you fill in an application form which MUST be signed by the Manager of the Children’s Centre where you wish to support. This is because peer supporters become Children’s Centre Volunteers.
Some Children’s Centres will require you to have undergone their Volunteer process before they will sponsor you to do the peer support training. Please ask your local Children’s Centre for details. We would like you to commit to being a peer supporter for at least six months after training. We also have peer supporters in the Maternity unit and Neonatal unit at Derriford Hospital.
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 recieve 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, click here, speak to your midwife or health visitor, or to a peer supporter at one of the Latch On groups.