Ayrshire new mums to get breastfeeding help

Health board is trialling integrated support teams including peer supporters

Friday 7th June 2019

A new way of supporting new mothers to breastfeed is to be trialled at NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

The project brings together maternity staff, health visitors, infant nutrition teams and peer mentors with experience of breastfeeding and will initially focus on babies born by C section, before being extended to mums and babies admitted to the neonatal unit.

Within two days of going home from Ayrshire Maternity Unit, a peer mentor from the Breastfeeding Network will get in touch with new mums to arrange a home visit to see whether they could benefit from extra help from infant feeding nurses.

One-to-one support will be available for up to eight weeks.

Elaine Moore, lead midwife for maternal and infant nutrition, said: “For many women, breastfeeding is straight forward and they can breastfeed for as long as they wish without any significant challenges. However, there are things than can make it more difficult such as if baby was born by C-section, or if baby is unwell or premature.

“What many women may not know is that with the right support, they can still breastfeed regardless of how baby was born, or if their baby is premature or unwell and many challenges can be overcome.”

Amy Bryson, the co-ordinator for the community peer support team, said: “The home visits are easy-going, relaxed and are made to suit mums and families in the comfort of their own home.

“Peer supporters can also take mums and babies along to one of the many Breastfeeding Network Drop-in Groups or Parent and Baby Cafes which are held every week across Ayrshire.”

 

Pictured: Nicole Mooney and 36-hour old baby Imogen with Breastfeeding Network Peer Supporter Caroline Furey.