Breastfeeding Buddies

What is a Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (BBB)?

A Breastfeeding Buddy is a mum who has breastfed, usually for at least three months, and  has volunteered to support other breastfeeding mums. This role is also known as a breastfeeding peer supporter.  Buddies have undergone training to help support breastfeeding mothers and keep up to date with the latest information on breastfeeding.

BBB’s offer mothers emotional and practical support with breastfeeding and model breastfeeding as an everyday part of life.

A BBB may be asked to volunteer at a Baby Brasserie, a Pop-in (Well Baby Clinic) or Antenatal group.  They are there to provide valuable mother-to-mother support – they will always have a member of the 0-19 Team or Children’s Centre staff at the group to support them.  We expect that a BBB will be able to volunteer for us at least twice a month.

How do I become a Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (BBB)?

In the first instance speak to your Health Visitor or contact Karen Fell in the Baby Friendly Team karen.fell@eput.nhs.uk or Epunft.babyfriendly.team@nhs.net

You will meet with one of the Baby Friendly Team prior to attending the 2 ½ day training course and be given an application pack to complete, which includes a criminal record (DBS) check and a health questionnaire.

We will ask you to attend our 2 ½ day Breastfeeding Management and Relationship Building course at Orchard Training Rooms, Steppingley Hospital, Ampthill Road, Steppingley, Beds, MK45 1AB, and complete the required practical elements of the course.

What support will I receive as a Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (BBB)?

As a BBB, you will be linked to the 0-19 team which covers the area you volunteer in. You will have a Buddy Champion, who works within the 0-19 team and is your first contact point with any issues or queries.

The Baby Friendly Team will support you during your time as a BBB. As part of this, we expect you to attend Update & Reflection sessions. These take place once every half term and will be local to you. Update & Reflection sessions are a chance for you to talk about any issues you have come across, as well as learn about relevant topics to your role. You are welcome to bring your little ones along with you to these sessions.

Buddies with BFI Award

 

Some of our Buddies at a recent Network Day with our Baby Friendly Accreditation Award.