Information for Observing Students & Health Professionals
Current and student midwives, health visitors and nurses are very welcome to visit our Breastfeeding Support Drop-ins in the community. Please email us IN ADVANCE to arrange dates as each session can only accommodate one or two visitors. The summer term is usually especially busy. The earlier you get in touch, the more choice you’ll have. Feel free to download and share our poster for visiting student health professionals.
Timetable from Monday 17 June 2019
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Please see our Timetable page for details of our Summer 2019 closures.
Please aim to arrive about 10 minutes in advance of the start of the session so that we can greet you, introduce you to other staff and familiarise you with the Drop-in setup.
You will be there primarily as an observer, not as a member of staff. In the community Drop-ins, the facilitator is the only one who is insured to give information and breastfeeding support. We also use volunteers who are breastfeeding/former breastfeeding mothers who have used the service and been trained by us, or who are accredited breastfeeding counsellors with one of the lay organisations, or who are certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). They work under the supervision and direction of the session facilitator. The facilitator may ask you to assist a particular mother, e.g. with positioning and attachment, or information about milk expression, or to talk to a pregnant woman. Apart from this, you are very welcome to chat to all the visitors; they usually appreciate the opportunity to talk about the care they've received and their birth and breastfeeding stories.
Note for Student Midwives
Unlike the hospital breastfeeding drop-ins, women and their supporters can come at any stage of pregnancy or lactation, or post-weaning, if they want to debrief their breastfeeding experience. This means that there is a much wider range of baby ages, including many who are well beyond the midwifery remit; for example parents often come for information about starting solid foods or returning to work. If you would like to extend your learning to include breastfeeding beyond the early weeks, you might find our Recommended Resources useful. We share this with parents at our Drop-ins, marking items that we think would be useful specifically for them.
Facilitator Contact Information
Click to email the facilitator of the drop-in you are interested in attending.