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Amanda Chubb is mum to five-year-old triplets, and has volunteered as a breastfeeding peer supporter for four years in Exmouth. We're proud to share her story, along those of some of our other volunteers.
'I think that the free services that the children's centre offer to families are fantastic'
Our children's centre has been invaluable to my family. When my children were younger we attended various sessions including 'stay & play' and 'little dinos', which is for families such as mine, with twins or multiple-birth children. It is a fun and safe environment for the children to play and a great opportunity for parents to make friends, and get help and support from other parents and the staff who run the sessions.
I volunteer at the establishing breastfeeding group and the antenatal sessions, as part of our 'bosom buddy' groups. There are two sessions a week. One offers more one-to-one support to help establish breastfeeding. The other is a more social group where mums can meet other mums, and help and support is on hand, should it be needed. We also run a monthly antenatal feeding workshop session.
I was inspired to become a bosom buddy as I was in hospital for three weeks after the birth of my triplets during this time I had lots of help and support with feeding. As a result, we went on to successfully breastfeed for eight months. I strongly feel that all mums wishing to breastfeed their baby - or babies - should have that support available to them.
I think that the free services that the children's centre offer to families are fantastic. Being a volunteer at the children's centre is hugely rewarding. It's great being part of a team of like-minded people who feel passionate about what they do. It really makes you feel a part of the community.