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Celebrating the breast of Bosom Buddies!

Communities / Tue 6th May 2014 at 10:15am

MORE support is now available to new mums in West Essex thanks to a training programme for Breastfeeding Network volunteers.

Thirty-one volunteers have completed 12-week training programmes at Tree House Children’s Centre in Harlow, Spangles Children’s Centre in Stansted and Hazelwood Children’s Centre in Waltham Abbey.

The training, accredited by the Open College Network and provided by the Breastfeeding Network (BfN), means the volunteers can now offer practical support and information in Bosom Buddies sessions for mums breastfeeding their children.

Tree House Children’s Centre, which is managed by children’s charity Spurgeons, held a lunch on Wednesday 30 April to celebrate the volunteers’ achievements and the successful completion of their training. The newly qualified volunteers also feasted on a cake with a difference – specially made in the shape of a bosom!

Stacy Randall, West Essex regional manager for Spurgeons, said: “We’re delighted that so many women have volunteered to take part in the scheme and are now fully trained to offer their advice and support to help other mums in the area.”

Jane Neesam, Breastfeeding Network trainer, said: “The Breastfeeding Network is proud to be working alongside Spurgeons and the local health teams to support those families who wish to breastfeed. We have a fantastic group of enthusiastic, qualified breastfeeding helpers, some of whom have been offering support for three years in Bosom Buddies groups and clinics across the region.”

bosomThe children’s centres are always looking for new volunteers and anyone wishing to take part should contact Jane Conroy on 01279 772605 or email [email protected]

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