Finding Support with Breastfeeding
Getting help with breastfeeding, at the time you need it, is really important. Please don't be afraid to ask for help. BfN Registered Volunteers want to help you with breastfeeding! It’s why they have done training and offer their time.
- You may not need to venture further than your front door to get breastfeeding support! BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporters are trained to give support, information and ideas by telephone.
- There may be a Breastfeeding Centre in your area (we list groups on our website the groups where there is a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Volunteer attending). You may find it helpful to get face-to-face help with breastfeeding and to meet other breastfeeding mums.
- For enquiries in relation to taking medication whilst breastfeeding contact our Drugs in Breastmilk team.
- Your local Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Community Midwife or Health Visitor may have details of local support. It might be worth having a look in your discharge pack given to you when you had your baby.
- See other sources of support
Try to remember you are learning how to do something new! Telling your family and friends that you want to breastfeed, and getting their support, will help you succeed.
After 3 days of trying on our own, getting more and more painful nipples, I decided to get help. Two days later, I had no pain at all. My baby was more settled and we really began to enjoy breastfeeding. I wish I'd asked sooner"
It can be really helpful to have someone who knows about breastfeeding sit with you as you feed your baby. If the person helping you can be there from before you start to when your baby has finished feeding, this is most helpful. Ask your midwife or health visitor if they are able to do this. Or see if there is a Breastfeeding Centre nearby.