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‘Making Breastfeeding Fashionable’
‘Little Angels’ Breastfeeding Support is a community interest company set up by mothers, for mothers to offer peer support around breastfeeding. Michelle Atkin is one its’ directors and, in her presentation, she described the transition from being a volunteer-led group to becoming a social enterprise, independent of the NHS. Michelle offered a peer support perspective with regard to the struggle to access long-term strategic funding, and the service being recognised and acknowledged by professionals. Her presentation covered topics including: why promote breastfeeding, how to promote breastfeeding through peer support, partnership working, challenges and successes. Michelle offered insights concerning the challenge of partnership working with the public sector, the use of lay people in delivering peer support for breastfeeding, and the advantages of using both paid workers and unpaid volunteers.

 

 


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