Charlotte Keyworth, breastfeeding peer supporter, Batley Baby Café
In the lead up to National Volunteer Week, we caught up with some of our volunteers to see how and why they help Baby Café. This included Charlotte who volunteered as a breastfeeding peer supporter, when she was on maternity leave.
“I used to help out every week as a volunteer peer supporter. The part I liked the most about our Baby Café was that it’s extremely helpful and offers knowledgeable support. Also the group is quite sociable, so mums tend to stay for the duration and return each week. Everyone gets along and it’s very friendly and welcoming.
I attended Baby Café with my first baby and then when I had my second I returned to Baby Café as a peer supporter, because I knew they were looking for extra support. I am passionate about breastfeeding and wanted to support other women and empower them to be able to breastfeed.
The role involved greeting new people, ensuring everyone is offered a drink, cuddles with the babies while their mum has lunch, providing mum to mum support on breastfeeding and often support on weaning. I did baby led weaning* with my son and people were intrigued when they saw my baby feeding himself. I also supported the breastfeeding counsellors and infant feeding co-ordinator in any way required.
It’s very rewarding knowing that women can often continue with breastfeeding, because of the support you have given. I would recommend volunteering for Baby Café to anyone - it’s a brilliant accolade to add to your CV.
My volunteer role provided me with the experience I needed to strengthen my university application to study midwifery.”
Baby Café relies on the dedicated support of volunteers like Charlotte and we wish her every success in her studies. Visit our volunteer page
to see how you could support your local Baby Café.
*introducing solids when baby is developmentally ready and able to put food into his mouth himself