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.
From our Breastfeeding Friend to websites with advice, you can get lots of support online.
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.
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 breastmilk if your baby is premature or ill, and how to donate breastmilk
These are a few of the groups and helplines that offer breastfeeding support:
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:
talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP
contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 (9.30am to 9.30pm, daily)
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.
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
Off to the best start – a guide to help you start breastfeeding