Volunteering With Breastfeeding Buddies

Are you interested in becoming a Breastfeeding Buddy?

Do you remember those first few weeks of nursing your child?

We provide real, grass roots help with folks who made the informed choice to breastfeed as the best possible way to feed their baby.  Becoming a parent is hard and intense – with your support, breastfeeding doesn’t have to be for new parents in our community.

The pre requisites for training are at least 6 months lived experience in human milk feeding your own child and the desire to lend support to other nursing families.

The training is provided free of charge to you.  Full attendance plus completion of personal guided learning is required.

Your babes in arms are more than welcomed to be in training with you – we fully expect you to be nursing your babies.  Onsite child minding for the older ones will be provided if needed.

All meals and snacks are provided for you and your children.

We are accepting applications for the upcoming November, 2023 training.  If you are interested in this training and have any barriers or questions to ask before applying, please give Jen a call at 519 772 1016

Next Training Dates: November 17th and 18th 9:30 Am Until 3 PM

Volunteer Application Form

To apply to become a breastfeeding buddy please fill out and submit the from below.







    Please note, due to our current funding, all of our volunteers must reside in Waterloo Region. By entering your Region above, and pressing the "send" button, we will be able to demonstrate a need for a peer support program in your area. Should we receive funding to expand our training, we will be in touch at a future date. We thank you for your interest, and hope to offer volunteer opportunities in your community soon!





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    Family/FriendRegion of Waterloo Public Health (Website, nurse, program)MidwifeObstetricianDoctor/Nurse PractitionerOntario EarlyOn CenterGrand River HospitalCambridge Memorial HospitalHad a Breastfeeding BuddyAttended the Me Breastfeed WorkshopAttended the Baby & Me Breastfeeding Drop InAttended Virtual ProgramsBreastfeeding Buddies WebsiteBreastfeeding Buddies Facebook PageNone of the Above























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    YesNoI do not have more than one child


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    YesNoI do not have more than two children


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    YesNoI do not have four children


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    Pre-mature BirthCesarean SectionTwinsPostpartum Depression/AnxietyNipple ConfusionLow Milk SupplyHigh Milk SupplyHigh Needs Baby (Fussy or colicky)Poor LatchSore/Cracked/Bleeding NipplesPlugged DuctsMastitisSlow Weight GainBitingLack of breastfeeding support (Family, friends, partner)Nursing Strike (Baby refuses to nurse)Tongue TieIllness/Surgery (Child)Allergy (Child)Cleft LipCleft PalateSleepy BabyJaundicePumpingThrush (Yeast)Breast ImplantsBreast ReductionMilk StorageProblems Labour/DeliveryReturning to Work/School (While Breastfeeding)




    I am living on a limited income (I have had to visit food banks, I sometimes don't have money for rent)I am living in unstable housing (I am on a waiting list for for housing, I have stayed at a shelter)I am new to Canada (I have lived in Canada less than five years)I don't have many social supports (Family, friends, neighbours, community groups)Single parenthoodIllness/Health condition (Mother)Surgery (Mother)Mental HealthAddiction or Substance UseDomestic Violence/AbuseI prefer not to answerNone of the above



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