1. ITV Report

Hospital recruits volunteers to support new mums with breastfeeding

New mums in Colchester are to get more support with breastfeeding after the hospital recruited a team of volunteers.

The volunteers are the first of their kind in Essex hospitals. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The group - all mums themselves - will spend time on maternity wards as well as visiting mothers in their own homes to help in the early days of feeding.

It is the first time the scheme has been rolled out in Essex.

The volunteers have been recruited by Sue Coltman, the infant feeding specialist midwife at Colchester General Hospital.

She says it is the only hospital in Essex to have its own volunteer breastfeeding supporters and she is aware of only one other such group in the six counties that make up the NHS East of England region.

Midwives often tend to focus on supporting women who are experiencing a complicated pregnancy or a complicated labour and are not always able to sit down with women for a relatively long period of time to discuss breastfeeding.

The volunteers are not taking over the role of midwives but working with them on supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies.

– Sue Coltman, Infant feeding specialist