Topic Tuesday- Over to you for Volunteers Week!

It’s Volunteers Week, so Topic Tuesday this week had to be a little shout out to our volunteers!

We’re so proud of our volunteers as we know what a difference they make to families’ lives.

Our fantastic volunteers enable BfT to provide 24 hour support to families, and offer them support throughout their breastfeeding journey, from antenatal bonding to stopping breastfeeding a toddler!

It’s women supporting women, women empowering women, and it’s a very special something to be part of. read more

💕Sharing Sunday-Volunteers Week Special💕

First published on to mark the start of volunteers week 2019, celebrating our 2 most recent ‘Volunteer of the Year’ winners.

Amy’s Story

After having great support with my 1st child from the day after he was born until he was a toddler and regularly attending my local breastfeeding groups and seeing the need for support and information I decided to train as a peer supporter. I already volunteer in the community and as most people knew I breastfed they asked for information and Iwanted to be able to give the correct information and help them further when needed.
I enjoyed the training and met lots of new friends. I have tried lots of the different volunteer roles, antenatal classes, baby boxes, the hospital maternity ward, live chat and breastfeeding support groups and they are all interesting and rewarding. It’s great to help mums make an informed choice and achieve their feeding goals. Having now fed two children and come up against a few difficulties myself this gives me empathy and understanding of the mums and I’m proud to be part of a service that are there as a listening ear when mums need us. 
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Meet the Team- Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah. I have 3 boys, a 5 year old, Oliver and 2.5 year old twins- Henry and Toby. My breastfeeding journey on both occasions was very different! With my eldest everything went to plan, and I had a relatively straight forward feeding journey. With Henry and Toby things couldn’t have been any different. I was supported in the community by Breastfeeding Together, my peer supporter was a crucial source of support for me. It was this vital support which made me want to complete my level 2 peer support training to support other families and give something back.
I have been volunteering for Breastfeeding together for almost 2 years now, delivering antenatal workshops (most recently our breastfeeding multiples workshop!), supporting mums on the maternity ward, at groups across the borough and live chat sessions. I have also been a community supporter for 18 months, visiting mums in their homes postnatally. I feel so lucky to be able to give women support and information with their feeding choices at such an emotional and special part in their lives.
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Topic Tuesday- When 2 becomes 1

First published on as part of the Topic Tuesday series. Hands up! Who’s baby has a preferred boob? 

It’s something we hear a lot when we’re out and about supporting mothers.
That baby fusses more on one side, they don’t feed as effectively on one side or that they don’t feed at all on one side. Lots of mums get quite worried about this, that it’s going to cause problems. It does seem to be a thing that babies have a preferred breast.

Perhaps mum is more comfy holding baby in her more dominant hand. Perhaps baby is, for example if they’re a bit bruised from birth, they might be more comfortable on a certain side. read more