Mother holding a baby

Alice – virtual breastfeeding peer support

Alice volunteers for the Breastfeeding Peer Support Service Brighton & Hove, which is part of the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT). 

“As a Peer Supporter I would usually be making weekly visits to the hospital and local children’s centre to help breast-feeding mothers. Peer Supporters have been proven to help new mothers, mothers who are introducing solids, tandem feeding mothers, mothers feeding older children and everything in between.

Many mothers simply want to chat and feel reassured that they are fantastic. We answer questions, provide solace, and encourage mothers and their families to feel more positive about themselves and their breastfeeding journey.

However, this face-to-face interaction isn’t possible due to current lockdown restrictions. New mothers and their families are unable to access the family centres which would usually provide them with vital help and guidance. So, the Breastfeeding Peer Support Service has set up a closed Facebook group to continue this essential support.

Bringing a baby into the world during a pandemic is daunting enough, but feeling isolated, tired, uncertain, and vulnerable will only intensify these emotions.

The Facebook group is a safe, inclusive space where members can seek support as and when they need it. As well as answering questions we are encouraging positive discussion and providing helpful information through regular posts. No parent should ever feel alone and now it is more paramount than ever to show love and unity to those who need it most.”

David helped Alice find her volunteering role at SCFT.

“We answer questions, provide solace, and encourage mothers and their families to feel more positive about themselves and their breastfeeding journey. ”

“We answer questions, provide solace, and encourage mothers and their families to feel more positive about themselves and their breastfeeding journey. ”

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