Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer

Role Description

You must be:

  • a mother who has breastfed (or is breastfeeding) and who has a positive attitude towards breastfeeding
  • willing to take part in the peer support training course
  • willing to have a DBS check done, in line with all staff and volunteers who work with or have access to children and babies
  • willing to complete safeguarding training
  • willing to attend regular peer support networking/update sessions
  • willing to commit to ongoing progression training on a regular basis
  • willing to formally volunteer for at least one hour per month

You also need:

  • to be enthusiastic about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support
  • to be caring and not judge other people
  • to be able to work well as part of a team
  • to be a good communicator
  • to be accepting and understanding towards people from different social, religious, ethical and cultural backgrounds
  • to be reliable and adaptable

This role includes the following:

  • promoting breastfeeding in a friendly and sensitive manner
  • to report feedback, e.g. reporting concerns to the named safeguarding lead
  • to maintain the confidentiality of individuals unless safeguardingissues arise
  • to communicate with other peer supporters and health practitioners
  • to be aware of health and safety issues including environmental risks and infection control
  • to take part in the evaluation of training and the Breastfeeding Peer Support service
  • to offer support and encouragement to breastfeeding women and their families as requested by a health professional, partnership organisation or by the mother herself

Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers can take part in many opportunities including:

  • volunteering alongside Breastfeeding Coordinatorsat groups and events etc.
  • creating a welcoming and breastfeeding friendly environment in different settings
  • welcoming new and existing mothers
  • supporting with setting up and clearing away at sessions

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