Breastfeeding Support on the Frontline

All of our lives have been turned upside down by the Coronavirus crisis. For many of us, it has been a delicate balance of social distancing, remote working and home schooling.

But for some of the amazing women in our network, it has meant working on the frontline to ensure that families continued to receive the support they needed during lockdown. 

We wanted to share some of their stories with you and we will keep adding to these as they are sent to us over the coming weeks and months. 

Heartfelt thanks to you all for your courage and commitment.

You are a true inspiration!


Rebecca Verlander

Rebecca has been working at UCLH since the pandemic began, as an Infant Feeding Support Worker and for the Islington BFN breastfeeding support service. Read her story here

Sarah Gray

Sarah is a sister on a Coronary Care Unit and BfN Derbyshire volunteer, she has been looking after people who have been hospitalised with heart conditions, and are either awaiting their coronavirus results, or who are positive. Read her story here

Marion Paddock

Islington Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Marion Paddock has continued to offer support to mums and learn lessons throughout the coronavirus lockdown.  Read her story here

Zoe Chadderton

Zoe is a midwife and Breastfeeding Co-ordinator at a central London hospital. She is also a BfN Supporter, Supervisor, Tutor and Director. She has continued to work throughout the pandemic. Read her story here

Hannah Goodwin

BfN Derbyshire volunteer works as a Healthy Family Peer Support Worker, however the service was suspended at the end of March. Redeployed as a Health Care Assistant, Hannah has worked in critical roles as part of the NHS response to Covid-19. Read her story here

Tower Hamlets Baby Feeding Service

Joy Hastings, Tower Hamlets Baby Feeding Service Manager has been leading her team to rapidly respond the coronavirus crisis. Read about their experiences here

Covid Chronicles by Rachel Priestley

During the pandemic, Rachel Priestley from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust asked a new mum how her birth had been. Read her response here