Volunteers promote the help that’s on hand for mums in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre

Volunteers from the National Childbirth Trust were in Hemel Hempstead to promote support for mums.
Volunteers from the National Childbirth Trust were in Hemel Hempstead to promote support for mums.

Breastfeeding Awareness Week brought National Childbirth Trust volunteers out for a day in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre as they raised funds to help train more breastfeeding peer supporters.

For more than two years NCT volunteers have been supporting families and working with community midwives, health visitors and children’s centres and their work sets to continue as they prepare to launch more training in September.

Ruth Harrison, Brooke Donabie, Sharon Henderson and Amanda Kirby were at the bandstand in Marlowes on Saturday where they talked to parents, hosted a raffle and encouraged members of the community to win a giant bear by guessing its name. Children could have their faces painted and a delicious selection of cakes were served up.

Ruth said: “Dacorum’s breastfeeding rates are among the lowest in the country, both health and children’s centre teams are under pressure to raise figures yet since there is no national funding for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week anymore, the support of volunteers like this is essential.

“NCT respects the decision of every parent in how they choose to feed their baby and our breastfeeding peer supporters are on hand to support those who choose to breast feed should they face any hurdles along the way.”

Those interested in joining the team, must have breast-fed for a minimum of three months and be willing to commit to volunteering for one to two hours per week. Contact Ruth Harrison at ps4hhb@gmail.com