Local mums become breastfeeding peer support volunteers

03/01/2018

Local mums become breastfeeding peer support volunteers

 

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is delighted to welcome local mums as new recruits to the breastfeeding support network.  15 mothers successfully completed the Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 accredited training.
 
Brigeen Canavan and Shauna O’Rourke congratulated the ladies on completing the six week course. 
 
Shauna O’Rourke, Altnagelvin Hospital Infant Feeding Co-ordinator said: “The Western Trust appreciates the valuable work Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers do with supporting new mothers as they start their breastfeeding journey. Peer volunteers work within the Altnagelvin Hospital’s Maternity and Neonatal Units and local breastfeeding groups. Many of our peer support volunteers help maintain a telephone support line that mothers can use any time before and after their baby is born.  Having more volunteers to spread their knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to the Western Trust.  Many initiatives have been undertaken in the West to promote breastfeeding and research shows that ‘mum to mum’ support is hugely beneficial in helping mums breastfeed exclusively and breastfeed for longer.”
 
Gemma Watson a Local Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer discusses being involved in the breastfeeding support network.  Gemma explains: “I volunteer one evening a week at Altnagelvin Hospital.  I spend several hours on the postnatal ward supporting new mums.  It is so rewarding to be able to help, it can be daunting when you’ve just had a baby but you don’t have to feel alone.  I give new mums tips on technique, positioning and attachment and just offer a listening and supportive ear.”
 
If you are interested in becoming a breastfeeding peer support volunteer and would like further information please contact Shauna O’Rourke, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Altnagelvin Hospital Tel: (028) 71345171 Ext 214839.
 

Further Information

Breastfeeding Support