Become a Friend

Become a Friend of the Breastfeeding Network

You can help support the work we do by becoming a Friend of the Breastfeeding Network. Becoming a Friend costs £20 per year (plus postage), and you can pay as a one off or set up a monthly or annual direct debit (monthly direct debit £2 per month, annual direct debit £20).

As a thank you for becoming a Friend of BfN you will get a welcome pack that includes a copy of some of our printed information (Mastitis, How safe is..alcohol, smoking, Medications and Breastfeeding, Expressing and Storing breastmilk, NBH postcard) and a lovely BfN badge. During the year you will also get four copies of our electronic newsletter sent direct to your email, each edition is full of interesting and relevant news about infant feeding and the work of the Breastfeeding Network.

To set up an automated payment please use the below form to choose an option and follow the instructions in Paypal.

To make a one-off payment please visit our Shop.


Our Drugs in Breastmilk service also needs friends!

The Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk service provides support and information to thousands of families and health professionals every year. Our highly experienced and trained pharmacist offers breastfeeding support alongside evidence based information to anyone who is concerned about the effects of medication or treatments while breastfeeding. We have a dedicated Facebook page where we take questions via the messaging service and we have an email address, as well as a range of information sheets on our website on a wide variety of topics.

BfN leafletsHSI_croppedsqCurrently the Drugs in Breastmilk service receives no external funding.

Anyone who uses or has used the service in the past will know just how fantastic it is and what a difference it makes to mums’ lives.

This is your opportunity to help us secure a long term future for the service, so we can continue to provide evidence based, mother-centred, non-judgmental information around medications, procedures and treatments while breastfeeding.

For mums, this service is a lifeline – providing them with accurate and detailed, but easy to understand, information to allow them and their families to make their own decisions about their medication and how they feed their babies.

For health professionals, it is invaluable to have a reliable source of evidence based information to help provide the best possible care for mums and their babies.

We want to ensure this service has a sustainable future so it can continue to provide this vital support. Please consider becoming a Friend of Drugs in Breastmilk to help us do just that.

This presentation, written by Wendy Jones, can be downloaded for use as a CPD session for healthcare professionals or breastfeeding supporters.  It was originally shared as part of our Friends scheme but we’re now offering to anyone who can use it.

If you do download this resource for use, please consider raising funds for DIBM while using it – for example, organise a collection or cake sale as part of the CPD session or ask participants to text ABFN10£5 to 70070 to donate £5 to help us continue to offer this service.  You might also like to consider joining our Friend of Drugs in Breastmilk scheme.

Yes! I want to become a Friend of Drugs in Breastmilk!

For individuals, we’re asking for a donation of just £25 for a year’s friendship – this is suited to you if you’re a breastfeeding supporter, a pharmacist, a health visitor, doula, GP, or a parent who has used the service in the past. You could even buy this as a gift for a new mum or for a health professional or student starting a new job or course.

For organisations, we’re asking for a donation of just £150 per year. This is suited to you if you’re part of a local health trust or board, a childrens’ centre, voluntary organisation, a maternity unit or group of pharmacies or GP surgeries. Please note we cannot accept donations/funding from any company with a commercial interest in infant feeding or any organisation that does not comply with the WHO code on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes

In return for your donation either as an individual or an organisation you will receive:

  • a hard copy of all the DIBM infosheets (worth £10. Organisational friends will receive up to 5 copies)
  • the new twice yearly DIBM e-newsletter, full of information and related news
  • the latest updates to DIBM infosheets, plus any new infosheets by email as soon as they are released
  • all the latest BfN Big Tea Break event information and resources as soon as they are available
  • the knowledge you are supporting the sustainable development of a vital service for families across the UK
  • the option to have your name included in the ‘our supporters’ feature in the newsletter
  • a virtual ‘badge’ to demonstrate your support on your website or social media pages as well as a certificate
  • Organisational friends will also receive an easy to deliver training session plan on the safety of Drugs in Breastmilk which can be used with staff across your organisation

Click here to download this info in PDF format – perfect for taking along to your next budget meeting!

How to Join

The first step is to complete an Application Form (click here to download). Please complete this and return it to us by email. You can then choose from three methods of payment.

Annual payment

By setting up an annual payment you will know that your membership will automatically be renewed each year, 12 months from the date of registration. Automated renewals also help us to reduce our administration costs and help us predict the amount of funding we can hope to receive. Please use the form below if you would like to set this up via PayPal.

DIBM Packages

One-off payment

If you would prefer to try out the scheme for 12 months you can join for one year by purchasing a 12 month membership via our shop. In 12 months we will send you a reminder asking if you wish to renew your membership.

Other methods

If you are unable to make a card payment you will find details of other payment methods on the application form, including BACS transfer, cheque and invoice.

In the meantime, if you require any further information, please email

Thanks for being a Friend!

Page last updated May 2017