Breastfeeding Peer Support
Role Name: Breast Buddy Peer Supporter
What does this involve?:
Breast Buddies are mothers or grandmothers who are passionate about breastfeeding, have successfully breastfed at least one child and have a desire (working alongside paid members of the breastfeeding support team), to help other mothers in their local community do the same.
NB. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteers in this role will support the virtual delivery of breastfeeding support groups online.
- Experience of having breastfed a child (either currently or in the past). All ages are welcome.
- A non-judgemental and friendly approach
- Good communication skills and the ability to relate to both adults and children
- Reliable with the ability to be flexible and adapt to different situations
Frequency/ commitment of the role:
Breastfeeding support groups take place on weekdays and are based in a variety of venues across Worcestershire including Family Hubs and libraries. Times and days of each group vary by location and drop in sessions run for roughly 2 hours.
You should consider the requirement for Breastfeeding Peer Supporters to take part in at least 4 group supervision/update sessions each year alongside their regular volunteering when deciding how much time you have available to volunteer. Breastfeeding Peer Supporters should also be willing to commit to at least 1 year of volunteering as a trained Breast Buddy.
Prior to starting this role, you will be required to complete a 6 week training course (6 x weekly 2 hour sessions) alongside the volunteer training processes required by the host organisation. Through training you’ll learn about how breastfeeding works, responsive feeding, baby led weaning, & the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. You’ll also pick up lots of information on positioning, attachment, longer term breastfeeding, problem solving and communication skills.
After completing 60 hours of volunteering as a trained Breast Buddy, Breastfeeding peer supporters may consider taking part in an advanced breast buddy training course which will provide more learning and information around particular areas of breastfeeding support. These volunteers may then be interested in taking on more responsibility within their role, supporting mothers and families in the local community.
Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are mentored by Breastfeeding Support Workers in addition to Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinators in Worcestershire. You can expect to receive regular support and supervision when carrying out your volunteer role including a comprehensive induction before you start.
Before becoming a volunteer, you will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check (if you do not already have one in place which is registered on the DBS Update Service website).