Hayley Sunderland volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter

Hayley Sunderland, breastfeeding peer supporter, Staincliffe, Dewsbury Hospital antenatal and postnatal ward

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 Hayley Sunderland, a second year midwifery student who volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter.
 “I started volunteering for Baby Café after a friend recommended it. She had previously used Baby Café for support. As a volunteer I provide information and emotional support as required and sometimes just listen.
I found it really refreshing that it provided women with support which I’d never had. It shows with the right support and encouragement anything is possible. The best bit about volunteering for Baby Café is the satisfaction of seeing women succeed after you’ve provided them with support.
Volunteering has helped develop my confidence, self-motivation as well as build a firm foundation for my career. I am currently training to become a midwife and this role has provided me with the opportunity to speak and support women in an unhurried environment, on a one-to-one basis. My volunteer experience has also helped me to become more confident in tackling more complex problems.
My biggest achievement as a volunteer is the satisfaction you feel when a woman has come back and is now able to feed her baby with no problems and you are thanked.”
Baby Café relies on the dedicated support of volunteers like Hayley. Visit our volunteer page to see how you could support your local Baby Café.