Breastfeeding Peer Support Service
Breastfeeding Together are working in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s Maternity Service, NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan’s Community Health Visiting Service and Wigan Council, to provide a Breastfeeding Peer Support Service. This service will help to give every child in the Wigan borough the best start to life. It will provide antenatal and postnatal breastfeeding information and support to you and your family. The Peer Support Service is commissioned by Wigan Council.
As part of our antenatal care you will be invited to attend antenatal workshops. The workshops are fun, interactive sessions for pregnant women and their partner, family or friends. The workshops are friendly, relaxed and informative. They are designed to give women and their families relevant and up to date information, so that they can make an informed choice.
You will also receive two antenatal newsletter during your pregnancy by post.
If you have had your baby at Royal Albert Edward infirmary (RAEI) and have chosen to breastfeed, you will be offered breastfeeding support by the Breastfeeding Peer Supporters on the maternity ward. They are available on the maternity and neonatal ward every day and can be identified by their pink uniforms.
After you have been discharged from hospital you will be contacted by a Community Peer Supporter who will provide home visits and phone/text support. They will offer encouragement, help and information. If you have had a home delivery or delivered in a hospital outside the Wigan borough, a peer supporter will contact you to arrange to come and visit.
Breastfeeding support groups are run across the Wigan borough offering help, information and support to both antenatal and breastfeding mums. Everyone is welcome and it is a lovely opportunity to meet and get to know other mums in your area.
If you are under 20 years old you will receive additional support from our specialist support worker for Younger mums. They will give you Antenatal information and post natal support.
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