Sunday, 22 June 2014

Why is Breastfeeding Peer Support Important to Me?




 I have had the privilege of being involved with breastfeeding peer support for a number of years.  In 2006 I hired the first peer supporter for a new support programme in the Anne Arundel County WIC Programme in the US and I completed the Loving Support training along with my Peer Supporters.  In 2011 I completed peer support training with the NHS in Kent, UK and I have been volunteering ever since. 

I had a number of hiccups in starting a breastfeeding relationship with my son and I attended a number of different breastfeeding support groups and sought the help of various peer supporters and breastfeeding professionals.  I have loved every minute of my time supporting local families to reach their breastfeeding goals and I love the amazing people I have had the chance to work with over the last 8 years.

I listen and I listen and I ask questions.  I talk with parents about what is troubling them and together we come up with possible solutions and work on position and attachment together.  Sometimes mothers come in for some place quiet to sit or to sit in the company of other new mothers if they are new to the area.

Seeing the look in a mothers face when she latches the baby on for the first time is priceless and it brings back memories of my first successful feed with my son after so many failed attempts, a truly magical memory and I am privileged to play a part in those memories in my community as a peer supporter.



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20 comments:

  1. My husband is incredibly supportive. I got some help starting out from a local group that was invaluable - a lady there spotted my daughter had tongue tie.

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  2. My friend who was very successful at it

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  3. They are so incredibly supportive and are local group has a facebook group so all mums are available to ask/ offer advice anytime of the day or night.

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  4. My partner above all, but also my family, friends and local breastfeeding groups :-)

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  5. My husband and my mum have been my best supporters.

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  6. my parter and my breast friend

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  7. Unfortunately I didn't breastfeed, but my friend will be once she has her baby

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  8. God, my husband, different individuals from church, La Leche League Kingston, a lovely lactation consultant in Kingston, different websites and forums via google search e.g. Kellymom, Dr Jack Newman, lowmilksupply.org etc

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  9. Online friends, there is always someone online 24/7 to answer a question

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  10. My husband definitely <3

    (Pia S)

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