The Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer programme in Sheffield is run by Home-Start South Yorkshire in conjunction with Sheffield City Council and Jessops Maternity Hospital.
A BFPSV is a mum who has their own breastfeeding experience and is willing to give up their time to support other mothers during their breastfeeding journey.
The CERTA accredited training course includes :
- communication skills
- role boundaries
- benefits and barriers to breastfeeding
- positioning and latch
- child protection
- and where to refer mothers with more complicated problems
What does a BFPSV do?
The BFBSV with volunteer for around 3 hours per week in a Children’s Centre or hospital setting supporting the work of the Infant Feeding Worker that they are linked with.
This might include helping at the Breastfeeding Cafe drop in sessions, attending ante natal clinics and sessions, telephone calls to mums 48 hours after discharge from hospital, listening to mum’s concerns and signposting where necessary, showing a mum the correct positioning and latch using a knitted breast and baby doll, normalising breastfeeding through helping at events such as Breastfeeding Awareness picnics.
How do I become a BFPSV?
We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, you need to have breastfed and be over the age of 18.
You don’t need any specific qualifications just the time and passion to encourage and support mothers to breastfeed.
Attendance at our training course will help to induct you into the role, and answer any questions you may have.
Expenses will be reimbursed within the agreed budget.
The BFPSV Application Form: BF NEW VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 2016 Word document
A full role description can be found here: BF vol role outline June 14Word document
The next training course will start in January 2018 and we will be holding an information session early January.