WellSouth - Primary Health Network

Health Care Support - Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Organisation Summary:

WellSouth is the local primary health organisation for Otago and Southland.

What does a Primary Health Organisation do?

Organise primary health care services in Otago and Southland.
Support primary health care providers in the south
Reduce health disparity and improve access to health care.
Ensure quick and easy access to primary health care, when you need it.
Maintain and improve the wellness of people in Otago and Southland.
Promote healthy lifestyles.
Support access to screening and prevention services.
Work with other health providers to improve integrated care.
Measure and understand health data, so we can make better funding decisions.

Main Tasks:

Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers are trained to offer free advice and support with breastfeeding.

The service is:

A free service, available at any time – during pregnancy, after birth, when returning to work, or during the weaning stages
Complete an internationally recognised La Leche League training on the normal course of breastfeeding and communication skills
Provide non-judgemental breastfeeding support, help mothers and whānau overcome common barriers and challenges
Support can include: one-to-one, phone, text, email, informal group drop-in sessions, or home visits.

Peer Supporters are located around the region with volunteers in Alexandra, Cromwell, Wanaka and Queenstown areas.

Time Commitment:

The next training will take place in Wanaka over five Mondays starting 29th October 9.30am - 2.30pm. 

Once trained volunteers are on call to support families - but these hours are flexible.

We are looking for people who:

Are keen to learn ways to:

  • Help mothers with breastfeeding and its challenges
  • Communicate with families in a compassionate and empowering way
  • Support mothers in their infant feeding choices
  • Become part of an informed, supportive and knowledgeable community

We can offer you:

Free training, support and resources, plus help with childcare to attend the course if required. 

Volunteers will gain considerable knowledge around breastfeeding support, learn how to share this knowledge in a compassionate and empowering way and gain satisfaction from their interactions with mothers, fathers and families. You will also get the opportunity to meet other volunteers and enjoy potential new friendships with fellow volunteers.