The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) is committed to helping increase breastfeeding rates and has been involved in running Peer Support Programmes for a number of years. We have experience of implementing these programmes in various settings. We have a proven track record of increasing breastfeeding rates, particularly in communities with a low uptake of breastfeeding and high drop-off rates.
BfN peer support programmes include:
- Activities to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding within the community.
- Training for health professionals.
- Joint working between health professionals and peer supporters.
- Interactive antenatal sessions for pregnant women and their partners on how to breastfeed, followed by proactive support in the maternity unit and during the postnatal period. This should include a home visit within 48 hours of discharge from hospital or 48 hours after a home birth.
- Antenatal buddying scheme for teenage mums.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance recommends a peer support programme for women who breastfeed. These should be commissioned only as part of a breastfeeding strategy.
We currently have several Peer Support Projects active across the UK:
- Bracknell Forest
- East Berkshire
- Gosport & Havant
- Lancashire – Blackpool, Fleetwood & Morecambe, North Lancashire
For more information about commissioning a Peer Support Project in your area please contact us by:
Telephone: 0844 412 0995 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download a copy of our Peer Support Programmes leaflet.