Breastfeeding app to help support new mums around-the-clock

Breastfeeding app to help support new mums around-the-clock

The launch of Breast Start

Caroline Baddiley

First published in News by

A NEW breastfeeding app for smart phones has been launched by Dorset HealthCare to offer local mothers and pregnant women a 24-hour private resource.

Breast Start gives information on the benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed and express milk, safe sleeping and details of local breastfeeding support groups at the touch of a button.

The app will also help those who may not have regular internet access and will become a means of sharing information with young mums who may feel isolated after having a baby.

The Breastfeeding Support Team is also celebrating its second wave of volunteers who have qualified as Breastfeeding Peer Supporters following a seven-week Open College Network training course.

Caroline Baddiley, Dorset HealthCare’s breastfeeding educator, said: “We have 17 volunteers who have successfully completed their training, bringing the total number of volunteer peer supporters at the trust to 25. They are now ready to attend their local breastfeeding support groups to provide mother-to-mother support.

“We offer at least four places per training intake specifically to teenage mothers, as this age group is known to have lower breastfeeding uptake and poorer health outcomes for both mother and child. Our aim is to recruit teenage ‘champions’ alongside our older peer supporters, who can then support and encourage other young mothers who may be ambivalent about their choice of feeding method.”

Dorset HealthCare’s breastfeeding training courses run twice a year with the next course set to start in September at Southbourne Children’s Centre. For more, email claire.wakefield@dhuft.nhs.uk or visit dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/breastfeeding.

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7:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding
Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding misplacedspaniard
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8:54am Sat 23 Aug 14

Jetwasher says...

what does the app say get ya jugs out at 6am 2pm 8pm ? :)
what does the app say get ya jugs out at 6am 2pm 8pm ? :) Jetwasher
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding
I still do, and i'm in my fifty's........(;o).
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding[/p][/quote]I still do, and i'm in my fifty's........(;o). burgerboy
  • Score: 1

7:56am Sun 24 Aug 14

Fingersonthem says...

burgerboy wrote:
misplacedspaniard wrote:
Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding
I still do, and i'm in my fifty's........(;o).
More in this comment than the deleted one .
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Brilliant idea!! I loved breast feeding[/p][/quote]I still do, and i'm in my fifty's........(;o).[/p][/quote]More in this comment than the deleted one . Fingersonthem
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Sun 24 Aug 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Stupid attitudes like this is what makes a perfectly natural practice seem like a taboo thing.

And before all you bf haters say something retarded like 'well so is going to the toilet' can I ALSO remind you that YOU eat in public. I used to feed my kids in public but I always did it discretely. Unfortunately it's these attitudes that make a lot of young mothers struggle to give their babies vital nutrients.
Stupid attitudes like this is what makes a perfectly natural practice seem like a taboo thing. And before all you bf haters say something retarded like 'well so is going to the toilet' can I ALSO remind you that YOU eat in public. I used to feed my kids in public but I always did it discretely. Unfortunately it's these attitudes that make a lot of young mothers struggle to give their babies vital nutrients. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: -1

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