MILK Graduation
Sussex Community NHS Trust supports Cowfold mums
02 June 2015

Sussex Community NHS Trust supports Cowfold mums

Sixteen mothers have graduated to become MILK! Breast feeding peer supporters - to help other mums to breastfeed their babies and give them the best start in life.

The graduation followed a 12 week intensive course run by Sussex Community NHS Trust’s (SCT) infant feeding team, supported by Cowfold Children & Family Centre.

The peer support course covered all essential aspects of breastfeeding to enable these volunteers to be able to help and support mums and families.

Ellie Elkins, SCT’s infant feeding lead in West Sussex said, “This course is really important as these women are supporting other women from their own communities who are a similar age and share similar common experiences. Some mums need to talk to other mums rather than seek professional help.”

One of the new peer supporters Rose Hobbs said, “I’m so pleased I met the MILK! team at the drop-in. They were just as passionate about breastfeeding as I was. I was determined to get it right and give my baby the best possible start in life. I knew then that I had to become a breastfeeding peer supporter, and I can’t wait to get started."

The peer supporters will now work in 20 MILK! breast feeding drop- ins across West Sussex. For further information about a drop-in session near you or to find out about being a peer supporter go to www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/milk