Laura Tomlinson volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter
To celebrate National Volunteer Week we caught up with Laura Tomlinson from Batley Baby Café, to see how volunteering has helped improve her confidence and put her in good stead for her future career.
“I volunteer on a weekly basis as a breastfeeding peer supporter. I’m trained to show and talk to mums about feeding problems, positions and attachment.
In September I will be starting a midwifery degree and feel that volunteering at Baby Café has given me a different perspective. This experience has not only improved my self-confidence but it has given me a solid foundation of breastfeeding awareness and issues for my future career.
I love the relaxed, laid back atmosphere at our Baby Café, there’s always a warm welcome for new mums from current mums, staff and volunteers. We are constantly busy but we always give every mum some time and attention. Mums feel comfortable chatting with volunteers and amongst themselves; sometimes this alleviates their worries or questions before they see a breastfeeding counsellor.
My main motivation for continuing to volunteer is I know how large caseloads are and how time is short for sitting with new mums and ensuring they are feeding confidently. If I can give that time and a mum leaves feeling confident and happy then it makes volunteering worth every second.”
If you would like to help a Baby Café near you visit our volunteer page