If you’re struggling to get the hang of breastfeeding or just have a few questions, there are lots of places to get free help with getting your baby to feed effectively.
Don’t suffer in silence or stop breastfeeding if you don’t feel ready to, there is a lot of help and support out there – and most of it is totally free!
Here are some amazing resources, that you will be able to connect with on the phone, online and face-to-face, to ask questions about breastfeeding and get breastfeeding support for your baby.
1. Local health visitor team
You should have a list of contact numbers in the front of your red book, which hopefully was given to you not long after your baby was born.
They’ve heard it all before and they can also point you in the right direction for where to get face-to-face support in your area.
2. Hospital clinic
Your local hospital may have a drop-in clinic for breastfeeding support. This is great as it can give you one-on-one help with an expert.
You can ask your local health visitor team if your local hospital offers this service. My local one, at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, is by appointment only and has limited hours, so make sure you check out all of the information before just dropping in to your local one.
Ask your midwife or health visitor if your local hospital has one.
3. Children’s centre drop-in service
Although a lot of children’s centres have closed in recent years, you should hopefully still have one within reach of you.
Give your local one a call and see whether they have a breastfeeding drop-in clinic – most will have one run by a breastfeeding charity or the local health visitors.
4. Kelly Mom
There is a ton of information on the Kelly Mom website – it really helped me get to grips with pumping routines and figuring out how to get the latch correct.
5. The Breastfeeding Network
The BFN offers a national breastfeeding helpline which you can call on 0300 100 0212. The network aims to be the best at providing peer support.
6. NCT helpline
The NCT can offer you help before and after your baby is born. There is loads of information on their website, but you can also reach out to them on the phone on 0300 330 0700.
7. La Leche League
The La Leche League is an international organising offering help for mothers from fellow mothers. The charity has local branches offering drop-in services as well as advice on the phone.
Find your local group or get more advice at the LLL website.
8. Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend Chatbot
You can ask the NHS-funded Start4Life service questions day and night via their Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant services. Visit their website for more information.
9. Baby Cafe
A network of free drop-in services offering information for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas.
Visit the website to find your local cafe.
10. Breastfeeding help books
If you fancy having answers at your fingertips, a book could be a brilliant resource to help you out. Try one of these titles:
If you’re looking for more breastfeeding advice, check out these posts from me about the early weeks:
The crucial early weeks of breastfeeding
How dads can help breastfeeding mums
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