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Mothers graduate to become breastfeeding peer supporters
07 April 2017

Mothers graduate to become breastfeeding peer supporters

Yesterday, 10 more mothers in Crawley, West Sussex, graduated to become MILK! breastfeeding peer supporters. Breastfeeding peer supporters help other women to breastfeed their babies to give them the best start in life.

The peer support course covers all aspects of breastfeeding management and equips peer supporters with the skills and knowledge to support mothers and families to achieve their breastfeeding goals. This 12 week intensive course is run by Sussex Community’s Infant Feeding Team and for this group was supported by Children Centre’s in the Crawley area.

Ellie Elkins, Infant Feeding Lead, said “This course is really important as these volunteers are supporting women from their own communities who are a similar age and share similar common experiences. Mothers enjoy talking to other mothers about breastfeeding.”

Certificates were presented by Julie Warwick, Healthy Child Programme Manager - West Sussex, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. The graduation was held at Pound Hill Children & Family Centre in Crawley.

For further information about Milk! please visit our website.

More about breastfeeding peer supporters

Peer supporters work in Milk! breastfeeding drop-ins across West Sussex where anyone can access information and support for breastfeeding either antenatally or postnatally. Peer supporters work alongside a trained health professional Infant Feeding Advisor at the drop-ins.

For further information about a drop-in near you or to find out about being a peer supporter please go to our website.