Sheila Bottomley, NCT breastfeeding counsellor, Batley Baby Café
Volunteering as a breastfeeding peer supporter was the motivation Sheila needed to train for a role she loves. We caught up with Sheila to find out more.
“I volunteered at Baby Café because I felt strongly that mothers wanted good breastfeeding support within their community. Baby Café offers this in a unique and effective way that families love.
I sought support from an NCT breastfeeding counsellor with my first baby and received invaluable information. I then trained as a peer supporter and was asked to support Batley Baby Café which I was delighted to do.
Volunteering as a peer supporter launched me in to studying with NCT as a breastfeeding counsellor. I saw breastfeeding counsellors support families at Baby Café and they were so inspirational and encouraged me to train with the NCT. It is wonderful to have a role that I love, find forever interesting and fits in with school hours!
Baby Café has been invaluable in developing my listening skills which are critical for my role as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor. Attending Baby Café gave me so much confidence and really helped develop my understanding of the issues and complexities involved in a mothers’ breastfeeding journey.
Volunteering for Baby Café is a lovely way of getting involved in the community, making connections with other mothers’ and babies in a warm and friendly environment, whilst supporting mothers with breastfeeding.”