Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are trained to provide breastfeeding support and basic breastfeeding information to mothers in the community. Peer Supporters have graduated from a programme based on the La Leche League New Zealand Peer Counsellor Programme and completed the breastfeeding training provided by a Peer Counsellor Administrator. They have all been police vetted.
A Breastfeeding Peer Supporter programme has the potential to increase the number of women who start breastfeeding, improve exclusive breastfeeding rates and improve duration of breastfeeding rates, they are advocates for breastfeeding in the community. The overriding aim of training Peer Supporters for breastfeeding is to build capacity within communities for women to support other women with breastfeeding. Increasing breastfeeding knowledge in mother / women networks is a key to breastfeeding continuance.
An essential part of being a Peer Supporter is to maintain and build on knowledge and skills, therefore all Peer Supporters are accredited on a yearly basis. As part of this accreditation process those that achieve the requirements will receive a certificate of achievement which they will be able to use to assure mothers, families, health professionals, etc. of their credibility and knowledge.
The Breastfeeding Support Otago and Southland website was created by WellSouth Primary Heath Network to help women to link in with a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter that they can work with best.
They have all had many different breastfeeding experiences so we hope you can find someone to suit you. To use this website simply go to the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter page and click on your Territory and it will create a list of Breastfeeding Peer Supporters in your Territory.
Click on each Breastfeeding Peer Supporters profile to read more about them and use this information to choose one that feels like a good match for you.
WellSouth Primary Health Network plans, coordinates and funds primary health care in Otago and Southland. Our Health Promotion Programmes have a core focus on reducing health inequalities and achieving equity.
Breastfeeding Support Otago & Southland is an initiative set up and maintained by WellSouth’s Health Promotion Team. Breastfeeding SOS is a free service offered to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Peer Supporters are not medical professionals, but are volunteers trained to provide information and support through common challenges to the normal course of breastfeeding.