The Breastfeeding Journey! There’ll be bumps in the road, hills to climb, spillages, scrapes, and many memories along the way. It doesn’t matter which route you take – you’ll eventually find what works and you & baby will enjoy a smooth(ish) ride.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1st to 7th August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year the organisers want to promote family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life.
We wanted to do our bit by sharing all the different ways you can receive support with Breastfeeding!
Where and How Can I Access Support?
Your baby’s red book!
This is a great place to start. If you’re having any issues, your baby’s red book has helpful contact details of your local support team.
Midwives, health visitors and local trained volunteer mothers (peer supporters) are there to help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. They can give you lots of information and support just when you need it.
If you need to speak to someone between midwife or health visitor appointments, you should find their contact details in your baby’s red book. You could also go to your local drop-in baby clinic to see a health visitor face to face.
Breastfeeding drop-ins, cafes and centres
These are all great places to make new friends and share the ups and downs of looking after a new baby. There’s no need to make an appointment – just go along when you can.
To find out what’s available in your area:
- National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453
- La Leche League – 0345 120 2918
- National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – 0300 330 0700
You can find some great online support here:
- Baby Café is a network of breastfeeding drop-ins. You can find your nearest drop-in on the website by entering your postcode.
- Bliss is a special care baby charity that provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.
- The Breastfeeding Network provides breastfeeding support and information.
- La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support with breastfeeding.
- The Lactation Consultants of Great Britain can help you find a lactation consultant near you.
- The Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) has information about feeding twins and triplets.
- The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a charity that provides information and support on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, including breastfeeding.
- The UK Association for Milk Banking has information about using donated breast milk if your baby is premature or ill, and how to donate breast milk.