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Volunteers recognised for their work with mums

03 August 2017

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A special celebration to thank volunteers who are part of the local Breastfeeding Peer Support Service was held at the James Paget University Hospitals’ Burrage Centre earlier today.

The event, held during World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August, saw the group of volunteers – all mums themselves - come together to be recognised for their good work to support new mums in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area.

The team assist on the wards at the hospital and at the local baby café in Gorleston to share their experiences with mums who may have concerns around breast-feeding, and to offer support to women when they make decisions around how to feed their babies.

Infant feeding co-ordinator/ midwife Kay Horn and midwife and breastfeeding specialist Curita Reilly hosted the event, along with James Paget volunteer co-ordinator Catherine Cook, with head of midwifery Jayne Utting also attending to thank the volunteers.

In a speech to the assembled mums and their families, Kay said; “We want to thank you for all your hard work. We now have just over 30 volunteers who work on the wards and in local baby cafés and support groups in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area and we are grateful that you give up your time to do this as we know the mums and staff at the hospital really appreciate it.”

Curita read comments from some of the mums helped by the Peer Support group. “One said if it wasn’t for the team she would have given up, that the volunteers provided someone to talk to and just knowing she wasn’t alone helped, while another said that it was every mother’s right to feed however it suits them, and they provided an amazing service.”

The volunteers enjoyed a buffet and a chat with colleagues during the celebration, held between 10am and 1pm today, Thursday 3 August.

The event was one of two being held locally to mark World Breastfeeding Week.  Saturday, 5 August, will see the Big Latch On event from 10am at The Healthy Start Baby Café, Seagulls Children’s Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston, NR31 7BP, which is open to all mothers who are breastfeeding their babies as part of a global day to raise awareness of the benefits but also the need for support for mums who choose to breastfeed.

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