Good morning all. Jan here. I said I’d give you the lowdown on our weekly West Pottergate Breastfeeding Support Centre, so here are our latest figures for the period from New Year until 13/04/2017; 14 sessions of 2 hours.
The overall numbers of visiting mums total 164, with 61 of those mums having been before, and wishing for more support. The overwhelming reason for mums coming is to get help for their sore nipples, and worries about their babies’ weight gain, so this involves the “bread and butter” support activity of positioning and attachment. We do a lot of this at the support centre, and I must thank Claire, breastfeeding peer supporter for her help during Nikki’s maternity leave here.
Some mums come to see me specifically, at the recommendation of their professional health care worker, especially if a second opinion about a baby being tongue-tied is sought. I must say here that although I can look in babies’ mouths at this very busy volunteer session, I cannot carry out the assessment needed and any subsequent referral to the clinic. So, yes, I can have a look, and may be able to see a frenulum, but I can’t give an opinion about the tongue movement, although I may have a suspicion! In these situations, I ask the mum to go back to their midwife or health visitor to ask for the assessment to be done.
I carry out tongue-tie / restrictive lingual frenulum assessments during private consultations when indicated and requested by mums, and make the referral to the clinic if requested. I hope you can understand why I can’t do this in the 2-hour group environment of West Pottergate Breastfeeding Support Centre, where so many mums are seeking help. So much can be done in this session to help mums get to the place where they feel happier about breastfeeding their babies. Sometimes more one to one support is wished for. Therefore, continuing to offer my time as a volunteer, with the option of a private consultation gives mums choice of having the same professional support in the way they find most helpful.
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You don’t even need to try to be amazing mummies; you just are. Think about what you do and know how awesome it is. x