Breastfeeding graduation ceremony for Brighton and Hove mums
03 January 2019

Breastfeeding graduation ceremony for Brighton and Hove mums



Eight new mums have graduated to become Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers – to help more mothers to breastfeed their babies and give them the best start in life.

The graduation followed a 10-week intensive course run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s (SCFT) breastfeeding team, supported by Moulsecoomb Children's Centre.

The peer support course covers all essential aspects of breastfeeding which gives these volunteers the skills to support other mums and families.

SCFT Chair, Peter Horn, presented mums with their certificates and congratulated them at the graduation event held on 14 December 2018 at Moulsecoomb Children’s Centre, Brighton.

Clare Jones, SCFT Breastfeeding Coordinator, said: “This course is really important as these mums are supporting other mums from their communities. Breastfeeding peer support can really boost women’s confidence and it helps them to meet their breastfeeding goals. It also helps to show that breast milk is the normal nutrition for babies and is a great foundation for the mum and baby relationship – every day of breastfeeding makes a real difference.”

Since the first group of mothers graduated in 2008 over 210 mums have trained to become Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers.

70 per cent of new mothers in Brighton and Hove are still breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks – a much higher rate than the rest of England being just below 50 per cent*.

The city's breastfeeding support service is provided by SCFT who work closely with Brighton & Hove City Council at Children’s Centres to support new mums.

The breastfeeding team also runs a Facebook page for new mums: www.facebook.com/sctbreastfeeding

 

* The latest, national full year data is for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.