My Breastfeeding Experience - Training as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

When talk turned to volunteering, at my regular breastfeeding support group, I knew instantly that I wanted to get involved.

Voluntary peer supporters are Mums who have breastfed in the past or are still breastfeeding their children, and their role is to provide other breastfeeding families with up to date, evidence based information, and to signpost them towards relevant help if it's needed. As a peer supporter you may lend a sympathetic ear to a Mum who is exhausted by the demands of breastfeeding, or suggest positions and techniques to improve a baby's latch, among a range of other services.

Peer Supporters have made an enormous difference to my breastfeeding experience. For one, they've been friends when I didn't have anyone else with breastfeeding experience to confide in, but it was a peer supporter who first made sure that I got a referral to a lactation consultant for Quinn's tongue tie, without which I would never have breastfed for as long as I have.

So, I've now begun training, and by the Spring I should graduate as a peer supporter, and will be running a breastfeeding drop-in clinic within my own neighbourhood once I have finished the course.

I really hope that this gives me the opportunity to boost the confidence of just one other breastfeeding Mum. If I improve or save one single other family's breastfeeding journey then I shall be happy!

Over the past 6 months I have become so passionate about supporting women who want to breastfeed, it's certainly a really dominant part of who I am these days, that I can't wait to put that into practice, and really improve other peoples lives by empowering them to breastfeed their babies.

I'm also allowed to take Quinn along to the training which she appreciates! There is a crèche provided, but Quinn wants to remind me that it's somewhat contradictory to our gentle/attachment/no cry parenting philosophy to use it if she complains about being left there!

No comments:

Post a Comment