Remember, it takes a while to feel confident about breastfeeding, but you're not alone. Your midwife and health visitor are there to help, guide and support you.
There are also lots of other free support networks available, including the Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life on Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger, local breastfeeding support groups, and dedicated helplines and websites. You can talk to your midwife or health visitor or contact any of the breastfeeding services below. They are all there to help you.
If you have any breastfeeding questions – the Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life on Amazon Alexa (available 24⁄7) has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you.
If you have any breastfeeding questions – the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot (via Facebook messenger) has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you.
Midwives, health visitors and locally 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. Ask your midwife or health visitor to show you the page when you first get it.
You could also go to your local drop-in baby clinic to see a health visitor face to face.
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
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti - 0300 456 2421
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453
La Leche League – 0345 120 2918
NCT – 0300 330 0700
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.
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