New hospital breastfeeding workers help mums get off to a good start

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Two new support workers have joined the maternity teams at Craigavon Area and Daisy Hill hospitals to help mums get off to a good start with breastfeeding.

Vanessa Anderson, Breastfeeding Support Link Worker at Craigavon Area Hospital with new mum Shaunagh Campbell from Armagh and baby boy John James

Funded by the Public Health Agency, the Breastfeeding Support Link Workers have been appointed by the Southern Trust to offer advice and information to women as soon as their baby is born. Vanessa Anderson, is the Craigavon Area Hospital Link Worker whilst Vincenta Leyden is based at Daisy Hill. Sandra Hewitt, Breastfeeding Co-ordinator for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust says, “Any breastfeeding, even for a short time, is beneficial for both mother and baby. Having good information and practical support can greatly help to get women off to a good start and encourage them to keep going. “Breastfeeding Link Workers are mothers who have breastfed their own babies and are specially trained to support other women and their families.

Vincenta Leyden, Breastfeeding Support Link Worker at Daisy Hill Hospital

“We are finding women are very receptive to this new service and our busy midwifery team greatly appreciates the support of Vincenta and Vanessa who can dedicate their time specifically to breastfeeding.” The Link Workers work along with maternity staff, sharing their own skills and experience to help mothers overcome some of the challenges they might face with breastfeeding. They also put mothers in touch with a local Peer Support Volunteer who will provide ongoing support once they are discharged from hospital. For further information on Breastfeeding, speak with your Midwife or Health Visitor who can advise of the wide range of support available. You can view full details on the Southern Trust website – www.southerntrust.hscni.net – Our Services – A-Z Guide – Breastfeeding.

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