healthy living heart Claire Williams - Breast Feeding Volunteer

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I feel that some of the promotional materials you receive when you are pregnant can seem a bit idealised and I worry that women feel they are doing something wrong if it isn't a blissful and straight forward process from the start.

I am working part time and spending the rest of the time looking after my son who is 15 months old. This puts me in a position where I can do some voluntary work during the day. I chose to get involved with the infant feeding team because I am really passionate about breastfeeding and the healthy introduction of solid foods. I had some help from the team when I was breastfeeding my little boy and this really helped me feed him efficiently and comfortably.

I think women need to be supported with the knowledge that breastfeeding is something that you learn and should not feel disheartened when it doesn't come naturally at first. I feel that some of the promotional materials you receive when you are pregnant can seem a bit idealised and I worry that women feel they are doing something wrong if it isn't a blissful and straight forward process from the start.  

I was very impressed with the introduction to solid food session I had at the clinic and this really gave me the confidence and enthusiasm to start the transition from milk to "real food" at six months. If I can be of any help with delivering this programme to other parents and carers then I would be really proud to be a part of that.