What is a Peer Supporter?

A peer supporter provides encouragement to breastfeeding mothers (and their partners), promotes breastfeeding to expectant couples, and, most of all, listens in a mother-to-mother capacity.   There is no physical contact with breastfeeding mothers, nor will you be in a position to give other than basic information.  Any woman with a specific breastfeeding problem should be referred to a trained Breastfeeding Counsellor. Your role is primarily to listen and encourage.

If you had a positive experience of breastfeeding yourself, then this is a chance to help other women have the same experience.

 

What Do We Ask of You?

  • You must have breastfed for a minimum of 3 months
  • You must be available to attend classes on a weekday morning for 10 weeks
  • You must be available to attend the 4 followup sessions (to be scheduled)
  • You must be available to attend one  Breast Friends Group per month in a breastfeeding peer supporter capacity
  • A local mother who has had a positive experience of recent breast feeding.
  • Able to work well in a team and be honest and trustworthy.
  • A good communicator.
  • Able to like people.
  • A good listener.
  • Able to keep confidentiality and recognise accountability.
  • Caring and have a sense of humour.
  • Flexible and reliable.
  • Able to believe in what she is doing.
  • Down to earth.
  • Tolerant and understanding of ethical, spiritual and cultural differences.
  • Be willing to share experiences.
  • Be a good team member.

 

What Are the Benefits?

  • Support women in sustaining breastfeeding
  • Helps to normalise breastfeeding
  • Increase breastfeeding rates and improve mothers' experiences
  • Build a strong, local network of breastfeeding mothers

 

Want More Information?

We'd like to hear from you if you're interested in finding out more about being a breastfeeding peer supporter. Even if you're a little unsure of the type of training or level of commitment involved, call or email us so we can have an informal chat with you. 

If you know of other mothers who might like to join the training course, please pass on the details on this webpage!

 

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Download Breastfeeding Peer Supporter flyer (PDF 87 Kb)
Description of breastfeeding peer supporter training programme, as well as contact information

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