Becoming a Mammas Ambassador or Peer Supporter – What do I need to know?
Who can become a Mammas Ambassador? The course is open to anyone who wants to understand more about babies and feeding practices in the UK and globally, who is interested in knowing more about the role of breastfeeding, and who wants to be part of our Mammas community, and support her own community too.
What do I need to do to become a Mammas Ambassador? You will need to attend our five week course – these are two hour sessions on Zoom and usually take place from 8pm – 10pm; check the times and dates of the next course. You also need to complete a short homework activity each week.
What is the commitment once I have completed the course? Once you have completed the course you can use your knowledge to encourage family and friends to breastfeed their baby through giving accurate information, dispelling myths about feeding, and telling people about our services and how to contact us, in your own family, social and work spheres. This really helps break down barriers and help those new parents who want to breastfeed but are unsure. We also encourage Ambassadors to attend our groups, to welcome mums to the session, and be a friendly face. You can also access Mammas’ offers of further training and workshops, and support our activities and events. There is no formal commitment expected.
Is a Mammas Ambassador the same as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter? Will I be supporting new mums to breastfeed? To become a Mamma Peer Supporter you would need to have completed the Ambassador training, and have enjoyed breastfeeding your own baby. A Mamma Breastfeeding Peer Supporter will have completed a further five training sessions with us to enable her to offer effective, evidence-based one to one support by phone or in groups, on effective and comfortable breastfeeding positioning and attachment, establishing breastfeeding, and basic breastfeeding challenges such as engorgement, mastitis, and increasing her milk supply. A Mamma Breastfeeding Peer Supporter will also have completed DBS clearance and Safeguarding training. As a Mamma Peer Supporter you are a Volunteer with us, and will have an ID Badge.
To find out more, or for the Ambassadors application form, please contact Sally on 07580159278, or email email@example.com
Sally is a trained teacher, and has many years experience in leading workshops, developing and delivering training, and facilitating groups. She specialises in the field of breastfeeding peer support, and has been involved in developing courses, training professionals to set up successful peer support programmes, and training mothers as peer supporters, since 2007, mostly with the former La Leche League Great Britain Peer Cousellor Programme, where she was a member of their Education and Development Department.
Sally became an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2008. She has worked with mothers and babies for over 20 years, and was a La Leche League Leader from 2001 - 2012. She has helped thousands of mothers to enjoy and succeed at breastfeeding. She has previously worked for Birmingham NHS Health Promotions. She has been involved in Breastfeeding Working Groups, Maternity Liaison Services, and the Infant Feeding Strategy Board in Leicester, since 2000.