Lecturer recognised for work to promote breastfeeding

A Swansea lecturer has been has been awarded the UK runner-up award for Midwife or Peer Supporter in Improving Breastfeeding at the annual British Journal of Midwifery Awards.

Eleanor HealerEleanor Healer, a Lecturer in Midwifery from the College of Human and Health Sciences won the award for her work in supporting women to breastfeed and to educate and encourage student midwives to do the same. 

The contribution Eleanor has made to support breastfeeding mothers includes:-

•           developing breastfeeding education in Swansea University leading to being awarded Stage 1 of the Baby Friendly Initiative, and is currently working towards Stage 2. Swansea University is the first University in Wales to progress this far in achieving University Baby Friendly Status.

•           devising and facilitating ground-breaking examinations the pre-registration Midwifery degree programme in which the students role play about challenges and minor problems with breastfeeding.

•           Facilitating a popular weekly mother and baby group and encouraging students to lead the group and support breastfeeding mothers. An associated scheme, Nanna’s Tea Parties, is now planned where local grandmothers learn about how they can help their daughters and daughters-in-law to nurture their babies through breastfeeding.

                                      •           publishing two papers on breastfeeding

Dr Susanne Darra,  Swansea University’s Head of Midwifery Education, who nominated Eleanor said: “Her aim is to foster a lifelong commitment to supporting women and families to enjoy their babies to relish breastfeeding and to feel empowered as parents.”

Eleanor said: “I was really honoured to be nominated and really pleased to be runner up as there were other very worthwhile applications.”