Annmarie Thomas, PIPSW Breastfeeding Peer Supporter said
‘ PIPSW have worked so hard this year to expand the support network that we offer to new breastfeeding families in our community. We created an information table at Neath Port Talbot birth centre to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Week and to provide information to women and their families using the ante natal clinics.
The table was covered all week by breastfeeding peer supporters that volunteer for Parents in Partnership and we thoroughly enjoyed engaging with so many expectant mums. We are looking forward to seeing them after they’ve had their babies and supporting them further.’
‘I would like to thanks Parents in Partnership, and all their mothers that gave up their time voluntarily to promote breastfeeding within the maternity clinic within Neath Port Talbot Hospital in support of breastfeeding awareness week.’ Carol Jones, Infant feeding coordinator for the ABMU ‘My son was born at 30 weeks after an emergency Caesarean section. I had always planned to breastfeed after feeding my first son for a year. I was concerned that because he was born so early and we were separated due to him being in special care, I wouldn’t be able to produce any milk. However, from the support and reassurance from the PIPSW breastfeeding peer supporter and the staff on the ward, I was confident that in time my body would produce the milk I was hoping for. I was shown how to hand express which I did regularly and I used the electric pump. I was also provided by the Breastfeeding peer supporter, booklets from BLISS about having a premature baby and how to get breastfeeding off to the best start. I found them extremely useful and I felt more prepared for the future. All the questions I had running through my mind were answered by the peer supporter, staff and amazing booklets. I cant thank the peer supporters enough for volunteering their time and just listening to my concerns. My son is doing well and im pleased, that thanks to my breastmilk, I am able to give him the best start possible and hell be home before we know it. Thank you PIPSW.’ Kelly Pearce
You can find out more about Parents in Partnership South Wales from their website www.pipsw.org.uk