Frequently asked questions about the Mama-2-Mama breastfeeding peer counsellor programme
1.) What is the commitment to the programme after the training finishes?
We hope that women will have increased breastfeeding knowledge and be able to pass this information on to their friends and peer group. If trained counsellors are also available to provide some phone contact with women looking for support that would be great, plus as we are setting up breastfeeding support groups in various areas we hope that the trained peer counsellors will be able to help with running groups in the areas where they live. This will ensure that the groups are community owned and supported. We realise that mothers are busy and sometimes run out of time so any commitment after the training is based on a flexible system and we know this will always be based on individual needs which will also change at times.
2.) Is the information at the sessions hard to understand?
No – the sessions are stimulating and interesting and they are run in a very relaxed way by the facilitators. There is plenty of time for discussion, explanation and questions and sharing women’s own experiences too.
3.) If I do wish to give phone support to other mothers and help run support groups after the training what support will I get?
We already have two groups of women who have trained as peer counsellors and they can catch up for informal meetings with the trainers and contact them whenever necessary. We have found that the women who trained together have all become great friends and they really enjoy the catch-ups. The plan is for a get-together perhaps every two months and we are hoping to grow a great group of breastfeeding supporters! Breastfeeding groups and any phone counselling services will also be supported by the Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service.
4.) Do I have to be a particular age to participate?
No – the programme is open to all breastfeeding women.
5.) Will the training cost me anything?
No – it’s completely free and we provide petrol vouchers for each session and kai/morning tea at each session. We also provide you with a folder full of useful handouts, lots of printed visual information, and a DVD.
6.) What about child-care for my baby and/or toddlers?
We have on site/same room child care so if your baby/toddler needs some extra attention we have a dedicated person there who will help as necessary. We find that if the babies/toddlers are in the same room it is obviously easier for breastfeeding and everyone tends to be more settled.
7.) What happens if I have transport problems?
We will help with transport difficulties as necessary.
8.) What happens at the graduation?
You will be presented with a graduate certificate of participation and you may invite whānau and friends to this very special event.
9.) Is the training open to all breastfeeding women?
Yes it is.