Becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Volunteer in Cornwall
Have you had a positive breastfeeding experience and Breastfed for at least three months?
Are you a good listener?
Do you feel that you could help other breastfeeding mothers in your local area have a positive breastfeeding experience too?
Are you able to commit to 12 months regular volunteering in your area?
Find out more about what the role involves What is a Peer Supporter
Peer Support Training Courses
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends that breastfeeding peer supporters should be trained under an independently accredited training course and it is this recommendation that has led Real Baby Milk to take this step. Based on the original course as written by Lactation Consultants, Helen Shanahan and Stephanie Heard, the courses are specific to equip volunteers with the skills to provide effective mother-to-mother support within breastfeeding group settings.
If you have had a positive breastfeeding experience of at least 3 months and would like to support other breastfeeding mums our courses could be for you.
Breastfeeding Peer Support Training
This 8 week course is accredited at level 1 or level 2 and leads to an award of 3 credits. Successful completion of this course enables you to become an accredited peer support volunteer and a member of the Real Baby Milk Peer Support Network.
The course covers:
- The importance of breastfeeding
- How breastfeeding works
- Positioning and Attachment
- Hand expressing
- Increasing milk supply
- Supporting breastfeeding mothers
- Practical and communication skills
- Active listening skills
- Reflective and support session on starting as a Peer Supporter
This course is run in various locations across Cornwall and is open to all mums who have breastfed for at least 3 months and have been accepted through the Cornwall County Council recruitment process, with the level 1 course particularly aimed at young mums. Each course is led by an experienced trainer.
How much does the training cost?
Cornwall county council have funded some places for volunteers that can commit to 12 months regular volunteering.
How do I find out more and get involved?
Complete the expression of interest form
Why not visit a Breastfeeding group and talk to existing Breast Feeding Peer Supporters about the role.
When you have completed the form please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will look at your form and have a discussion with you about next steps within about 3/4 weeks.
When you fit the criteria you will be signposted to the children centre that needs to process your application to become a Cornwall Council volunteer. (this may take around 2-6 weeks depending on the speed of your references and bringing ID for the DBS check into the centre.)
Once this process has started you will be able to go on the waiting list for the next round of training, at the moment there are about 3 courses in Cornwall per year at different locations. Once the DBS check and induction has happened with the Childrens Centre manager you can gain experience at a Breastfeeding group as a ‘support’ or ‘“Meet and Greet Volunteer” whilst waiting to train. Your experience as a meet and greet volunteer will contribute towards your training.