Staff helping mums and babies get the best start

Posted on Fri, 21/06/2013

from right-left - Jane Puntin - Breastfeeding Co-ordinator, Margaret Horburgh, Sarah Wilkinson, Wendy Turnbull - all Healthcare Assistants based in the community 

Gateshead maternity staff helping mums and babies get the best start

NURSES from QE Gateshead are helping mums and babies get off to a great start with breastfeeding at an event in Saltwell Park next week.

The annual event which is now in its 6th year, attracts more than 100 mums over the course of a lunchtime. The event is an opportunity for breastfeeding mums to get together and offer each other support and swap stories, ask the professionals for advice, or even just to enjoy the park and the company!

The free event which is run in conjunction with Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, and Gateshead Council, is open to all breastfeeding mums in Gateshead, and siblings are welcome.

Everyone is invited to meet at the Bandstand in Saltwell Park 11.00am and reminded to bring a picnic and a blanket. Mums may also want to consider bringing clothing suitable for rain or shine!

  • In Gateshead we currently have 25 breastfeeding peer support volunteers who have breastfed their own children and have attended for further breastfeeding training in order to become a Bosom Buddy volunteer.  These ladies provide essential support at various drop-in sessions within the children’s centres across Gateshead.
  • We also have a further 10 newly trained volunteers ready to commence their volunteer post and we hope that they will ‘graduate’ and receive their certificates at the picnic in the park.
  • Future plans for the peer support volunteers are for them to support breastfeeding mothers on the post natal ward before they are discharged home, and also some of them will accompany our peer support co-ordinator and community health care assistants at the breastfeeding education sessions; which are available for all pregnant women to attend before they have their baby.

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