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Breastfeeding help and support

Remember, it can take 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’s also lots of advice available online or via support groups, helplines and websites.

Online support

From our Breastfeeding Friend to websites with advice, you can get lots of support online.

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Breastfeeding Friend from Start4life

If you have any breastfeeding questions, the Breastfeeding Friend from Start4life, available 24 / 7, has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you. All the information provided is NHS-approved and based on questions asked by thousands of new mums.

Whether you're experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, you've got sore nipples, or you want to know about vitamins and what you should include in your diet – if it's a breastfeeding related question, the Breastfeeding Friend is ready to help you.

Available on:

Websites

Support groups and helplines

These are a few of the groups and helplines that offer breastfeeding support:

Breastfeeding drop-ins, cafe’s 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:

One-to-one support

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 your midwife or health visitor in between appointments, you should find their contact details in your baby's red book. Ask them 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.

Breastfeeding helplines

  • 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

Leaflets

Off to the best start – a guide to help you start breastfeeding

Breastfeeding after returning to work or study

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