e-newsletter for Cornwall Peer Supporters
December 2016

Cornwall Peer Support 
News 2016

The Real Baby Milk Team ventured to Birmingham this month for the UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2016.  This video was launched, a must watch 

The conference was inspirational, please make sure you look at the UNICEF Baby Friendly Website which has just been relaunched, this is the link for up to date news and research

The highlights of the conference were....
Two brilliantly presented seminars by Kathleen Kendall- Tackett, American health psychologist and IBCLC.

A passionate presentation from Dr Amy Brown, Professor of Psychology at Swansea University and author of “Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?"

The first private showing of the "Human Milk, Tailor-Made for Tiny Humans" advertising campaign, which officially launches on 21st January 2017 in Bristol.

And finally the talented wordsmith Holly McNish, who brought the auditorium to tears of laughter with her poetic memoirs of parenthood from her book “Nobody told me”.
Vitamin D supplementation Guidance Update

By Stephanie Heard, Infant feeding Coordinator and Health Visitor in Cornwall

UK guidance on Vitamin D supplementation has recently changed.  In July 2016, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommended that everyone over the age of one year in the population should take a supplement of 10 mcg of Vitamin D daily. This is to include all expectant and breastfeeding mothers.  SACN also recommended a similar supplement for all babies from birth.  Babies who are formula fed, consuming at least 500 mls of formula per day do not require a separate supplement as this is included in the formula ingredients.  Babies who are fully breastfed or who are partially breastfed (consuming less than 500 mls  of formula) should be given a separate supplement of Vitamin D drops containing a dose of 8.5 - 10 mcgs per day as a precaution against Vitamin D deficiency.

It is very important that this message is passed on to families in a way which recognises the value of breastfeeding for mums and babies and which does not imply that formula fed babies are receiving a superior 'product'!  The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly suggests emphasising that the issue of Vitamin D deficiency affects the whole UK population rather than just breastfed babies and is due a lack of sunlight in the UK rather than to dietary insufficiency.  An explanation that formula is supplemented with Vitamin D, so that formula fed babies are also receiving this supplement, along with their milk may also be helpful in supporting and promoting breastfeeding.

The Baby Friendly Initiative have a useful 'Statement on Vitamin D supplementation' along with a multitude of other resources  on their website - .

Above: Conversations in Pregnancy sheet from Red Books

audioBoom update
Red Books and Peer Support
Mary gosling from Real Baby Milk, talks with Stephanie Heard, Infant Feeding Coordinator and Health Visitor in Cornwall, about using the Child Health Record,  the importance of this.  The Conversations in pregnancy :key points and Conversations for the health visiting team pages are a key focus.

Above : Conversations for the health visiting team - page, to be used by Peer Supporters as well.

Resource focus for signposting
Holidays are an exciting time but sometimes a challenge.  It is good to have an idea of different points of support for signposting.  Gingerbread is a charity supporting single mums and dads and has a comprehensive website with up to date fact sheets and an excellent helpline.  
Volunteer Young Mum Mentor/s
Real Baby Milk are looking to develop a Young Mum Mentor position as a voluntary role.  Real Baby Milk will support the young mum mentor with a webinar/audio training session and ongoing supervision.  The role would help a young mum who may have attended a breastfeeding group, they may be lacking in confidence or not value their experience.  The key to the role would be to identify a young mum and support them through the training process.  If you are interested in becoming a Young Mum Mentor please email by the 10th January 2017,  with a few paragraphs about what you can bring to the role and any further questions you may have.   In addition there are a small number of bursaries available for some young mums to reduce barriers to embarking on Peer Support Training
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