Dunedin

Denise Ives

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone: 027 476 1339
Mobile Phone: 027 476 1339
Email: bfc.denise@gmail.com

Hello! I am one of the Peer Support Programme Administrators for the Dunedin area. I have a nearly adult teen, a grown up son and a granddaughter, and live with my family and our dogs in Macandrew Bay. I qualified with a Diploma in Breastfeeding Counselling from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK and have been working with breastfeeding families in the UK and NZ for over 15 years. I created The Breast Room in Dunedin which is a registered charity, write articles for Kiwiparent magazine and published the book Mamas in Lockdown. Aside from my passion to help families with their feeding questions and concerns, I enjoy learning, trying to play clarinet, reading, knitting and attempting crochet! I'd love for all mamas to feel happy about their decisions on how to feed their baby (whatever their choice), and would love them to have the help they need right when they need it, so if you have questions or concerns, before or after your baby is born, then drop me a text or email, or pop in to The Breast Room on a Thursday morning, 10.30am to 12.30pm. My email is denise.ives@thebreastroom.org

Kelly Sweeney

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone: 034250248
Mobile Phone: 0210789843
Email: kelly@nappyneedz.com

Hi, I'm Kelly Mum to four children who were all breastfed with varying degrees of success. I trained to be a peer supporter in 2012, as I wanted to help other Mums to achieve their feeding goals and help with any breastfeeding issues they might have. My oldest son was born by emergency c-section and I struggled to breast feed him. My younger three children all fed into their toddler years and I have experience of breastfeeding while pregnant and tandem feeding.

Bryony Harrison

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone: 027876716
Email: bryony.nicole.harrison@gmail.com

Kia ora! I am the mum of Ari born 2 months premature at Wellington hospital and as a result went through a number of breastfeeding challenges due to prematurity, exclusive expressing, recurrent mastitis and a missed tongue tie. I have always been passionate about Women's Health and am a medical student currently doing research in Perinatal pathology. I am so glad I did the breastfeeding peer supporter training as we often fall into the trap of thinking that because breastfeeding is "normal" that it should be be easy, and whether it's your first, or your fifth baby there are so many things that can affect a healthy feeding relationship. I have really enjoyed working in partnership with families in their feeding journeys using an evidence based approach and drawing on the experience and wisdom of our wonderful peer supporting group. I am happy to meet any and all family members at their homes, a cafe, the Breast Room or other location for one on one education and problem solving. If I sound like the match for you, you can contact me by phone or email :)

Nika Wood

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone: 0226900440
Email: nikawood99@hotmail.com

Hi! My name is Nika and I am 21 years old. I have a 16 month old son named Elijah and am currently a stay-at-home mum. I have studied a diploma of business and am about to enter my first year of nursing. In my pre-mum life I worked as a baby sitter and a support worker. I completed my breastfeeding peer support training while I was pregnant and found it significantly helped me prepare to breastfeed. I have overcome challenges such as cracked nipples, oversupply, introducing solids / baby-led weaning, pumping, biting and the joy of feeding a toddler. No matter how prepared you are, all mums face breastfeeding challenges and I'm here to help you understand your options and support you. Every breastfeeding journey is unique. Please feel free to contact me either antenatally or postnatally. I can come to you, you can come to me, or we can meet for coffee. Whatever situation works best for you, I'm here to help.

Maegan Coburn

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone: 0273814888
Email: maegan.coburn@gmail.com

Hi, I'm a Mum of 3 children aged from 19momths to 6 years old. I have recently completed my peer support training, and regularly volunteer at the breastrooms. I have personal experience with tongue, and lip tie, reflux, parent and child allergies, post natal depression, over supply, breastfeeding and working etc. I hope to use this and the knowledge I have learnt through the Breastrooms to support and empower others during one of the most challenging and rewarding phases of their lives!

Bushie Calvert

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone: 0212604678
Email: bushiepcpa@gmail.com

My name is Bushie Calvert and I am excited to have recently completed the PSPA training through Well South. I trained as a peer supporter in 2011 and have regularly volunteered at The Breast Room since it began and have helped with the management of it since November 2015. I have also visited several families through the antenatal breastfeeding classes and had countless conversations with friends and family about various challenges and joys that arise during a woman’s breastfeeding journey. I am mum to three delightful girls, Stella, Gretel and Lola – all of whom delight and challenge me and keep me on my toes on a regular basis. My husband, Steven and I own Nectar Cafe, the first café to be featured on the BURP app, and any pregnant mum popping in for a coffee or lunch is as likely to have a conversation around breastfeeding with Steven as she is to have a flat white! I am looking forward to training future peer supporters and expanding the support networks for breastfeeding families within Dunedin and North Otago.

Meg Sanders

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone: 0277835404
Mobile Phone: 0277835404
Email: megsanders001@gmail.com

As a nurse and infant massage instructor, I am hugely passionate about health promotion, bonding and the first 1000 days. I am a willing peer supporter wanting to empower women and babies in their breastfeeding journey.

Samantha Gittoes

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone: 0223059913
Mobile Phone: 0223059913
Email: sammy_g86@hotmail.com

After my own struggles as a solo mum with breastfeeding my daughter, I'd love to be able to support other mums with their breastfeeding journey.

Sarah Seque

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone: 0273289536
Mobile Phone: 0273289536
Email: rn.seque@gmail.com

Hi! I'm Sarah, a mum of one young lad. Breastfeeding did not come naturally to me, but through determination and with fantastic support I was able to breastfeed my son for 18 months. I am passionate about public health and always want to learn more about breastfeeding. I am always willing to listen and am aware of the huge variety of what is 'normal'. Please get in touch - if I can't help, I will make sure to connect you with someone who can.

Emma Collins

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone: 0278911270
Email: emmaruthcollins@gmail.com

Hiya! I'm Emma, I am passionate about breastfeeding and really love supporting women to reach their breastfeeding goals, overcome challenges and share in the the joys of motherhood! I have three daughters ages 4 ,6 and 13 and each child brought different experiences in breastfeeding. Knowing personally, what a difference the right support and informed choice can make, I decided I'd like to be a part of that. During my nursing journeys, I have personal experience with breastfeeding through a pregnancy, dry nursing, tandem feeding (which has been a challenge and delight!), raynards, over supply, different positions, tongue tie, mastitis/blocked ducts, feeding into toddler and beyond, post natal depression/anxiety, weaning, mixed feeding, pumping/expressing among other things. I've been volunteering regularly at The Breast Room for over 2 years now, after I finished my initial training (I love taking up opportunities for professional development too!), and have just moved into a management role which is amazing, so I can add working and breastfeeding to the list too lol. You are welcome to contact me via my cell phone, texting is fine, or email. You can also find me at The Breast Room on Wednesday mornings. If you'd like to chat about anything, or need some support or information, sing out 😊

Jemma Paddock

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Based In: Dunedin

Home Phone:
Mobile Phone:
Email: jemma.paddock@gmail.com

Hello, I'm Jemma. I'm Mum to two children and live in the Balaclava/ Mornington area. I completed the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter training in June 2017. I was inspired to become a Peer Supporter because Peer Supporters helped me immensely when my first child was a baby. I enjoyed breastfeeding my children and want other women to be able to enjoy it too. You can email me to make initial contact- I'm happy to chat all things breastfeeding on the phone, by text, email, or messenger chat. I sometimes do home visits in my area too.