A HUGELY-successful scheme which offers support to mothers wanting to breastfeed has received renewed funding.

Parents’ charity NTC is providing backing for a further year to Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies.

The Buddies initiative gives mums access to help and information.

All the volunteers are mothers themselves and trained NCT peer supporters.

They work with mums at Airedale Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary, as well as with breastfeeding groups and at antenatal events.

Last year, the Buddies helped over 2,000 women through face-to-face meetings, Facebook and phone calls.

And they volunteered a total of 1,279 hours of their time.

Among them is Bernie Morley, who said: “Being able to support women and their families when they’re at one of the most vulnerable points in their lives is so rewarding.”

Julie Newbold, service delivery manager at Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies, welcomed the extension to the scheme.

“The first few weeks can be tough for new mums and one of the things they may need help with is breastfeeding,” she said.

“In areas where breastfeeding rates are low, it’s even more important that there is somewhere supportive and friendly for mothers to go.

“We’re delighted that our project is being extended. It’s wonderful to get recognition for the positive impact we’ve had and we hope to help many more mums in the area.”

Jane Dickens, strategic breastfeeding lead with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, described the service as invaluable.

“Mother-to-mother support really enables women to continue breastfeeding should they wish to,” she added.

“The peers offer that extra warmth, understanding and nurture that parents need. Having the service extended for another year is a great cause for celebration!”

NCT trains 300 breastfeeding peer support volunteers a year, to work in hospital and community settings. Further information about the charity can be found at ntc.org.uk.

For more details about Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies, visit facebook.com/Bradfordbreastfeedingbuddies.