Celebrating Support – Celebrating Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters are incredibly important to new mums who are struggling with their breastfeeding journey. They provide ‘mother-to-mother’ support with non-judgemental, evidence-based information that supports pregnant women and nursing mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals. They are Children’s Centre volunteers who have breastfed their own child/ren and received additional training in breastfeeding (as well as other aspects of specific training from the Children’s Centres themselves). Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are trained to support healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term infants – any specific breastfeeding problems will always be referred to a health professional / specialist.

Would you like to become a Peer Supporter in Thanet?

We will be running another training course in Ramsgate from September 2017. For more information on this course and what the role itself entails, you can call Danielle (Children’s Centres Breastfeeding Champion) on 03000 41 10 42 or email Billie (Peer Support Lead) on Peer Supporter Training Poster




Blogging today is Danielle, our Children’s Centre Breastfeeding Champion, with her thoughts on this years’ theme – support.

Support is really important to many people, myself included. I remember back to 2008 when my first baby was born and how I lacked any proper breastfeeding support. No one in my immediate family had breastfed so I couldn’t get advice from them and my midwifery team was as helpful as they could be with so little time to give to me… I felt very alone. Discovering a weekly “baby café” (known here in Thanet as a ‘breastfeeding support group’) at my local Children’s Centre was amazing! It was a safe place for me to ask questions, with my baby in tow, and get answers from other mums as well as professionals. I am still in touch with some of those mums today! The volunteers were fantastic; able to reassure me that what was happening to me and my son was (or wasn’t in the case of undiagnosed mastitis) perfectly normal. I felt supported – being able to have a drink and a chat with other mums in the same boat was, at times, a life saver for me.

Here in Thanet, we are lucky to benefit from the support of highly trained volunteer peer supporters at all of our three weekly breastfeeding support groups as well as a qualified lactation consultant at one specialist clinic on a weekly basis. These are ladies who have been there, done that (and, quite literally, got the t-shirt!). They can offer information, support and a friendly ear – which is often just enough to keep a mum going in her hour of need. Our peer supporters can also talk to mums (and dads/partners/family) before baby arrives to answer queries and provide information. Why not come along to one of the groups and make some new friends? You can also find out about what sort of information is available from NHS Choices here.





Over the next couple of weeks we will see celebrations of breastfeeding across the UK as we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week followed by National Breastfeeding Celebration Week running from now to the 30th June. This year, the focus is on support; the support that families and communities can give to each other, as well as the support that is available from professionals (and others) to help every mum reach her own breastfeeding goal.


Support to breastfeed is a really big deal; it is widely accepted that good, timely support is required to help mothers achieve their goals. When a woman feels supported she is more likely to have a positive experience, which is important for everyone; mum, baby and all close by. The reason behind awareness weeks like these is to start the conversation; the purpose being to share information and make sure that everyone, including every pregnant woman and every new mother, can make an informed choice. That bit is important – knowledge is power after all!


We look forward to sharing more breastfeeding information with you over the next few days J In the mean-time, if you would like any more information about the support available to breastfeeding parents, you can take a look here:


World Immunisation Week

This week (24 – 30 April) is Word Immunisation Week. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation.

In aid of this, here are five facts, taken from the World Health Organisation website:

Fact 1

Immunisation currently prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year. It is one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves.

Fact 2

More children are being immunised worldwide than ever before. During 2015, an estimated 116 million (about 85%) children under 1 world-wide received 3 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPS) vaccine.

Fact 3

Did you know that while majority of parents do ensure their child is fully vaccinated, thousands of Kent children are missing key doses or have not been vaccinated at all?

Fact 4

An estimated 19.4 million children under age of one did not receive DTP3 vaccine. Around 60% of these children live in 10 countires: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Ukraine.

Fact 5

Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.

If you are unsure if your child’s vaccines are up-to-date, contact your GP for advice.


Hello everyone,

If you’re reading this then you have found your way to Thanet Children’s Centre’s blog. Here we will be posting and writing about all the latest Children’s Centre news, including groups, courses, events and more. 

Today is Red Nose Day 2017, so, to raise awareness and donations for Comic Relief, we ran a Red Nose Bonanza!  Amy Ruane, Michelle White (Early Help Workers) and Katharine Nash (Business Support Officer), put on their red noses and Children’s Centres shirts and got messy!


Children had their faces painted and the staff had theirs splashed with wet sponges. Everyone mucked in with ‘messy play’ as well, which is something we do a lot in our groups.

All in all we raised £53.00, and all of that will go to towards Comic Relief.

Thank you to those who attended the event and donated.

Until next time.

Thanet Children’s Centres