Liz Lambourn, an NCT (National Childbirth Trust) breastfeeding counsellor from Hounslow has been named as the London winner in the NCT 2017 Stars Award 'Practitioner of the Year' category.
Liz will now join ten other 'Practitioner of the Year' regional winners in the national heats, which will be judged by a panel of NCT staff, trustees, senior volunteers and practice team members as well as at least one person from outside the charity.
The national winners of the NCT 2017 Stars Awards will be announced at a special event on 4 November.
The categories are: Practitioner of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Teamof the Year, and NCT Team of the Year.
Liz has worked as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor for 21 years, facilitating weekly Baby Café breastfeeding support sessions across a number of venues in Children’s Centres in Hounslow.
Baby Cafés in Hounslow are run by Liz and Geraldine Chew who are also Lactation Consultants. They are supported by two breastfeeding peer supporters and a small but dedicated team of volunteers who welcome the parents and help the session run smoothly.
Breastfeeding mums come along to the Hounslow Baby Cafes seeking help with positioning and attachment, sore nipples, concerns with milk supply, sleep issues, breastfeeding in public, weaning, returning to work, and a variety of other breastfeeding issues.
New parents also enjoy meeting other parents at these sessions where they can share their breastfeeding experiences, and find out about other local sources of support they can enjoy with their baby.
Mums frequently come back to see Liz and say the support she offers has been a lifeline and enabled them to continue to enjoy breastfeeding for much longer.
The NCT Stars Awards take place every year to celebrate the work of exceptional volunteers and practitioners who support parents across the country.
Liz Lambourn said: “I am surprised and delighted to be named the 2017 London Regional winner in the National Childbirth Trust Stars Award 'Practitioner of the Year' category. It’s wonderful that a breastfeeding counsellor has won such recognition in London.
“I am passionate about my work and this opportunity has enabled me to highlight the importance of free accessible breastfeeding support in the community.
“I would like to congratulate all the regional finalists whose hard work and dedication has been recognised, and thank the NCT, my family and so many colleagues who have supported me over the last twenty one years.”
Dr Nicola Burbidge, Chair of Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The Baby Café sessions are very popular with new parents in Hounslow, largely thanks to Liz’s brilliant talents and dedication to her work.”