A BREASTFEEDING counsellor who supports mums from Evesham after the birth of their babies has been honoured with a national award.
Jane Watson-Davis won the Pam’s Prize which is awarded by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers for those who go above and beyond in the pursuit of helping mums feed their babies.
Now in its fourth year, the award was set up in memory of Pam Lacey, the association’s former chair, a breastfeeding counsellor who always went the extra mile, helped thousands of families and inspired many women to train in breastfeeding support.
Jane first trained to be a NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor when her eldest child turned one and I qualified 21 years ago, just before the birth of her third child
And as well as a group in Tewkesbury, Jane has also presided over a breastfeeding group in Evesham which has been going strong for the past 15 years.
“I had no idea that I had been nominated for Pam’s Prize so was very surprised and absolutely delighted to hear that I had won it.” she said.
“I felt very touched that a group of mothers from the local breastfeeding support group had taken the trouble to nominate me and that they managed to keep me in the dark!
“The risk of becoming isolated in the early weeks after birth is great especially for women who may feel anxious about breastfeeding out and about.” she said.
“The groups provide a perfect safe place in which to breastfeed for the first time outside the home.”
“I plan to carry on working as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor and continue to be involved in the breastfeeding groups in
Evesham and Tewkesbury working with the peer supporters there who work so hard on a voluntary basis to help run the groups.
“It has been a great pleasure and a privilege to be so involved in breastfeeding support in my local community over the past 21
Vanessa Jacques, NCT Evesham Branch Co-ordinator, said: “We’ve always known how fantastic Jane is at supporting breastfeeding mums in Evesham but it’s great to see her recognised on a national basis with this award.
“Her commitment in supporting local parents over the last 21 years with the weekly breastfeeding group and one to counselling is invaluable and she has made a real difference to many Evesham based parents in their first few months with a
new baby.” she added.
Jane will receive her prize of £100 with VIP place at the ABM conference on Saturday, June 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham.
Visit Evesham Baptist Church on Fridays between midday and 2pm for the Breastfeeding Support Group.