The Conference was very well received by those who attended. We were delighted that Alison Taylor, Infant feeding lead lecturer in Midwifery and PhD Student at Bournemouth University was with us to deliver a fascinating and thought provoking presentation on ‘Women’s Breastfeeding Experiences – shared using video diaries’
This was followed by a presentation on the Health & Social Care Volunteering Funded (HSCVF) Breastfeeding Peer Support in Hospital Project, which explained the idea behind the project and shared the very encouraging initial outcomes.
Naomi Hale, a previous young mum peer supporter mentor, Trainee Trainer with Real Baby Milk and herself a neonatal mum gave a presentation on listening to and supporting the Neo-natal mum.
This was followed by Louise Hunt who presented some of her Msc Research findings and facilitated an Ethos and Aims activity where Peer Supporters’ suggestions on developing a clear Aim and Ethos statement for peer support groups were collected.
After lunch attendees were able to attend two of a choice of four workshops:
- Sleep – What is a normal sleeping pattern? How can we help?
- Twins – The challenges and how to support.
- Empowering Mums – listening & legislation.
- Group Development – including Funding.
Helen Shanahan IBLC, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator for Cornwall, presenting the Sleep Workshop to Delegates.
There were lots of very positive quotes from the Delegates but these two encapsulate what we were aiming for in delivering this event:
“Excellent speakers, emotional and thought provoking presentations that have made me think about my practice”
“Well organised, very informative, lots to think about. Excellent”