To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2019, we’ll be sharing some stories from our Breastfeeding Support Team, Volunteers and the Parents and Families we’ve supported.
Today’s post is from Amy Danson- Green, one of our wonderful Infant Feeding Peer Supporters.
Amy touched many when she spoke at our 21st birthday celebrations in June, she told the story about what a difference HOST made to her life, during a time when we she most vulnerable.
“When I’d just given birth to my baby and was really struggling, Shruti (Home-Start Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteer on the ward) did not tell me all the things I should or shouldn’t be doing.
She saw how exhausted I was and instead she supported me emotionally and left me with a feeling of warmth.
Home-Start volunteers have always made me feel completely supported in my breastfeeding journey, there was never any pressure and they helped me to believe in myself.”
Amy’s positive experience spurred her on to later complete our training (in partnership with The Breastfeeding Network) to become a volunteer herself, before going on to secure a role within HOST’s Breastfeeding team.
‘They may forget what you said, they may forget what you did; but they will never forget how you made them feel.’
“I can’t remember what my HOST volunteer said but I do remember how she made me feel. That’s what I hold with my whenever I support a Mum now I’m a volunteer for HOST. Volunteering makes me feel ace!”
Amy is pictured above, attending an antenatal clinic at Werneth Children’s Centre in Oldham earlier this week.
HOST Breastfeeding Peer Supporters attend antenatal clinics across Oldham and Tameside to give expecting parents advice about our breastfeeding support services.
Our team also have a presence at Tameside Hospital Maternity Unit, supporting Mums on the ward straight after delivery.
Find out about the Breastfeeding support services we offer in your area here
Find out more about training to become a Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer here
Training courses run twice a year in September and January