The process of implementing a community-based peer breast-feeding support programme: the Glasgow experience

Midwifery. 2001 Mar;17(1):65-73. doi: 10.1054/midw.2000.0236.


Aim: to document the process of implementing and maintaining a community-based peer-support programme.

Design and setting: a community-based study located in a socio-economically disadvantaged housing estate on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Participants: pregnant women residing in a target postcode area.

Intervention: a programme of peer counselling and support for breast feeding, comprising antenatal and postnatal home visits over a period of three years.

Implications for practice: peer support may provide an acceptable and appropriate role model for breast-feeding mothers. However, further research is required on other influential factors such as the social network and the impact of this programme on the peer supporter.

Conclusions: despite a low prevalence of breast feeding, initiating and maintaining peer breast-feeding support was possible. Peer support appeared to be acceptable to mothers and health professionals. Study mothers spoke enthusiastically of the intervention and mentioned increased confidence and self-esteem.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding* / psychology
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Counseling / organization & administration*
  • England
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mothers / education*
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Peer Group*
  • Postnatal Care / organization & administration*
  • Poverty / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Social Support*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires