Life with a new baby is often full of surprises and most mums have questions or concerns. As well as midwives and health visitors, there is lots of help and support available locally if and when you need it.
Local mum-to-mum support
Breastfeeding peer supporters are volunteer local mums that are currently breastfeeding or have breastfed their own baby and would like to support other mums and babies to enjoy breastfeeding. In County Durham these mums have also completed a recognised training programme which means that they have learnt about breastfeeding, how it works and how to recognise and overcome potential barriers to successful breastfeeding. Peer supporters can offer breastfeeding information and support in a variety of settings, such as antenatal sessions, on postnatal wards, at clinics and at breastfeeding cafés. They will be easily recognisable as they will be wearing a purple peer supporter polo shirt with the Breastfeeding County Durham and Darlington logo on.
Peer supporters are not trained to treat medical conditions in either you or your baby; but are able to direct you to the best source of support and help from a health professional. As mums themselves they all appreciate the challenges of being a new parent, particularly in the early days with a baby! They are great listeners and are skilled at supporting you to enjoy your breastfeeding experience, whether this is your first baby or not. They all give their free time willingly to provide support. They can offer you reassurance and confidence to breastfeed for as long as you wish. If you would like to be put in touch with a peer supporter please ask your health professional who will be able to provide you with further details.
Other support available
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, support is available: