E-newsletter for Dorset Real Baby Milk Peer Supporters
Real Baby Milk CIC

Peer Support Coordinator  - Thank you Emma Gale

As many of you know by now, Emma has left Real Baby Milk Dorset to undertake further study to achieve her dream of becoming a midwife.  She will still be volunteering as an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor at her local support groups and in Dorset County Hospital and we will be seeing her at the conference. 

On a personal note it has been a tremendous pleasure working with Emma, I am very grateful for all that she has done to establish Real Baby Milk Dorset and will miss her very much.

I have taken over her role as Peer Support Coordinator and will continue to deliver the RBM Peer Support training.  I am looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces as I travel the county visiti
ng the groups over the coming months.  In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues that may arise.
Jane Thrift   07805 678804

Training Update

Congratulations to Gaby Lever, Jenn Mollett, Lucy Ruddle, Jessica Hooper, Hannah Davis, Jill Thierstein, May Wong, Louise Chown and Sian Smith who successfully completed their training in Dorchester this month. They will be peer supporting at groups in Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Dorchester, Littlemoor, Mulberry, Bridport and Bovington. Huge congratulations to them all for their commitment to the course and their enthusiasm for the groups they will be joining.

Eight new learners have started the latest course, also being held in Dorchester and will complete in July.

Thank you to Jen Mollett for the extraordinary boob cake she made for the recent end of training celebratory tea party

Training List of Interest

If you know of any breastfeeding mothers who attend your groups and are interested in becoming Peer Supporters could you please ask them to email me so that I can add their details to our List of Interest.

The next training will be in September and held in East Dorset, venue and time to be confirmed.

Dorset BFI update

from Elizabeth Carter – Infant Feeding Coordinator

The BFI emphasis has moved to being much more child focused and as such they are also looking at what support we are giving to mums and their babies who choose to formula feed encouraging more “responsive” bottle feeding, skin to skin, limiting the number of people who feed the baby and encouraging parents to consider the first feed as a breast feed.
  • Dorchester Hospital is Fully Accredited and past reaccreditation in February 2014
  • Poole Hospital is going for Stage 3 Accreditation at the beginning of July.
  • Bournemouth Hospital is Fully Accredited and reaccredited in 2013
  • Dorset Healthcare (community service) are going for Stage 3 in July.

Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI)

Baby Friendly awards are based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. These are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support optimum health and development. Facilities implement the standards in stages over a number of years. At each stage they are externally assessed by UNICEF UK. When all the stages are passed they are accredited as Baby Friendly.
The Baby Friendly website has very useful research articles on breastfeeding which you can find here
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A breastfeeding journey full of determination, inspiration and relactation

Lucy Ruddle has recently completed her peer support training and has kindly agreed to share her story. It highlights beautifully the value and importance of a support network to boost confidence and bolster commitment to achieve a personal goal!
“I struggled a lot with breastfeeding and gave up after two weeks.  However, I regretted my decision, so when I heard re-lactation was possible I decided to try, even though my milk had dried up.  I contacted a local NCT breastfeeding counsellor and did a lot of research online.  There is no big secret to re-lactation - use a breast pump every three hours and offer the baby the breast as much as possible.  But simple does not mean easy, and it would have been impossible without the support I had around me.  The breast-feeding counsellor was always on the end of the phone, even calling me on Christmas Eve to talk things through.  At no point did she tell me what to do, but she was excellent at giving no pressure guidance by giving me facts and listening to my thoughts, feelings and concerns.
A week into my journey I was feeling deflated.  I was struggling with a hand held pump which had caused my nipples to crack and bleed.  It was taking half an hour, eight times a day to express less that 10z of milk.  In desperation I went to a breastfeeding support group.  I was very nervous as baby was still having exclusive formula, I wasn’t sure I would be welcome.  Attending that group made all the difference.  No one judged me, I was able to borrow a decent pump, and I met some mums who were to become friends. The peer supporters honestly kept me going.  At one point I had decided to give up trying to re-lactate.  I attended the group the following day and changed my mind because of the support and encouragement I was given.  It was brilliant timing - three weeks later I was exclusively breastfeeding!
It took eight weeks, four breast pumps, countless calls to a breastfeeding counsellor, six visits to the support group and fifty-six 2am wake up calls, but my baby is now breastfed and it was all absolutely worth it.”
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