Plea to support women who are breastfeeding - The Evesham Observer

Plea to support women who are breastfeeding

Evesham Editorial 14th Oct, 2019   0

MIDWIVES from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are appealing for volunteers to help support women who are breastfeeding.

Potential volunteers are invited to a meet-and-greet session on Thursday, October 24 from 10am to 11am in the Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Midwives believe breastfeeding is the best start to life for babies and their mothers. Evidence shows it benefits the health and emotional wellbeing of mothers and their babies, both in the short and long term.

Friendly volunteers from all over Worcestershire are invited to join a training programme to learn how to support pregnant women and new mothers.

The volunteer role will involve 15 to 20 hours of free training with specialist midwives, upon clearance of the standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Infant feeding lead Becky Davenport said: “Getting breastfeeding off to a good start can be difficult. By starting this network of trained volunteers, we will be able to offer new mums the help they need, when they need it.

“The volunteer programme is a great opportunity to work with NHS professionals, expand your knowledge and learn a lifelong skill – at the same time as contributing to your local community.

“There’s no experience necessary, but an interest in breastfeeding is essential. This will be the fourth year we have run this opportunity and many of our previous volunteers have gone on to do midwifery training.”

Call Caroline Payne on 07879440264 or e-mail [email protected] or Becky Davenport on 07767440971 or e-mail [email protected] for more.

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