Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions

Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset

The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from other mums.

Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: “Mums have told us they want more breastfeeding support from other mums.  So, we are now looking to recruit mums who are positive about breastfeeding to help expectant or new mums and provide vital support in the community and in local ‘getset’ Children’s Centres.

“This support will complement the professional and specialist breastfeeding support services already available.

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health in Somerset at Somerset County Council said: “Evidence clearly shows breast milk provides all a baby needs for healthy growth and development and constantly adapts to meet a baby’s daily needs.

“It also protects against a number of infections and against obesity in later life. Breastfeeding helps mums as well by reducing their risk of breast cancer, diabetes and ovarian cancer.

“If you want to help other mums to start breastfeeding, and continue breastfeeding, please get in touch.”

Breastfeeding Champion Volunteer opportunities are available across Somerset for whatever time you can give and will be supported by a Health Visitor and by local get set centre staff.

Training for new Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions will be offered at venues across the county.

Mums who want to find out more can contact their Health Visitor, ask at their local getset service, email youcando@cswgroup.co.uk or contact 01278 664180. Alternatively, click on https://do-it.org/organisations/somerset-you-can-do-services.

For other Somerset County Council volunteering opportunities, check out https://www.somersetvolunteer.co.uk/ or www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering.

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

We are looking for Volunteer Breast Feeding Champions:

  • have experience of breastfeeding and have a positive attitude to breastfeeding
  • willing to undertake the volunteer training course
  • prepared to become a volunteer, which is a voluntary role, for at least 6 – 12 months after completing the training course
  • willing to have a DBS (Disclosure and barring) check done, in line with all staff and volunteers who work with or have access to children and babies in any setting
  • willing to undertake safeguarding training
  • willing to attend regular breastfeeding support networking / update sessions Desirable Qualities for a Volunteer Breast Feeding Champion
  • to be enthusiastic about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support
  • to be caring and have a non-judgmental attitude to other people
  • to be able to work well as part of a team
  • to be a good communicator
  • to be tolerant and understanding towards people from different social, religious, ethical and cultural backgrounds