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Author: Angie Bell

Electronic Empathy

Electronic Empathy

How social media is helping the BRAS to support parents during COVID19 Hello, my name is Paula and I am a Charnwood BRA! That’s me, up there, wearing the yellow headband. Some of you may have met me at our breastfeeding cafes or spoken to me online but you probably don’t know that another role I hold within the BRAS is coordinating our social media content and support. When I started volunteering for the BRAS in 2017, volunteering on the…

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My Journey Back from Perinatal Anxiety

My Journey Back from Perinatal Anxiety

by Meg Goulter, Charnwood BRA ‘It’s a mother’s job to worry.’ Or ‘You’ll never stop worrying about them.’ Most new parents will be told something along these lines over the first few months of parenthood and to some extent it is true. As parents, we are blessed with these young vulnerable lives to watch over and guide and we hope, dream and pray for them and what their lives might be like. We worry about so much in the early…

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Charnwood BRAS Q&A: Breastfeeding and Medication with Kelly Thompson from UKDILAS

Charnwood BRAS Q&A: Breastfeeding and Medication with Kelly Thompson from UKDILAS

Written for Maternal Mental Health Week 4-10th May 2020 For this maternal mental health week, we caught up with our peer supporter Kelly in her pharmacist role to have a chat about some of the help available for breastfeeding mothers who need to take medication for a perinatal mental health condition. In her day job, Kelly is an incredibly skilled specialist pharmacist for the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service. Kelly has worked for UKDILAS for 9 years and graduated…

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Meet the Peer Supporters: Harriet

Meet the Peer Supporters: Harriet

Hi, I’m Harriet and I’m a mum to two children aged 4 and 2. When I was expecting my first child Florence, I’d never given much thought to how I was going to feed my baby… of course I was going to breastfeed! But it became apparent that it might not come as naturally as I was expecting. After hearing tales of milk drying up, sore nipples and poor latches I started to research my support options. I heard about…

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Meet the Peer Supporters: Charlotte

Meet the Peer Supporters: Charlotte

Hi I’m Charlotte, single mum of a 6-going on 16yr old-daughter and a 3 year old son. I remember being pregnant with my daughter and being asked if I was planning to breastfeed or bottle feed, I remember turning my nose up as if breastfeeding was for aliens and answered “bottle feed of course”; I had just turned 19 when she was born and as I lifted her out of the water I naturally put her straight to my breast…

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Meet the Peer Supporters: Paulina

Meet the Peer Supporters: Paulina

Hi! I’m Paulina, proud wife & mother of three boys aged 7, nearly 5 and nearly 3 years. Our life is a bit of a circus, but we never get bored 😉 I have fed them all for different lengths of time, from 12 months to nearly 3 years! I have combi fed at times and also exclusively breastfed as soon as I was able to. I have pumped upon returning to work all three times and have overcome cracked…

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Meet the Peer Supporters: Catherine

Meet the Peer Supporters: Catherine

Hi, my name is Catherine and I am mummy to Phoebe nearly 8 years, Hugh nearly 3 years and Fletcher 17 months. I briefly started my breastfeeding journey when Phoebe was born, however with limited knowledge of the support available to me I gave up after 8 days. When I was pregnant with Hugh I was determined to make breast feeding a success and with a friend already a BRA I knew I would have the support and knowledge available….

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Meet the Peer Supporters

Meet the Peer Supporters

In honour of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 and to help promote our recent request for new trainees, we have decided to share a bit of information about our peer supporters. Throughout the week we will share the stories of the wonderful women who make Charnwood BRAS tick. All of our peer supporters are volunteers, most have young families and ALL of them are committed to helping new mums in Charnwood breastfeed for as long as they want to. Since its…

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