This page gives you information about where you can go to get Breastfeeding support and information.
The Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition is, with your help, working at a Parliamentary level to change policy and put in place the necessary infrastructure so that, in the future, all women will receive consistent and accurate advice and information as well as good emotional and practical support.
There are already many excellent midwives and health visitors out there who have been through the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Management training, but there are may more who have not. Even if the money were available for it tomorrow, all midwives simply cannot be re-trained overnight. Even with buy-in from the highest of levels, change takes time.
In the meantime, there is a lot of information out there, it is just a matter of finding it.
You'll find lots of practical and accurate information and suggestions online from La Leche League, Breastfeeding Network, NCT and many more.
Below we have listed the helpline numbers for the four main UK breastfeeding support organisations who do a superb job of supporting breastfeeding in the UK. By calling one of the numbers below you'll get to talk to a highly qualified breastfeeding counsellor, and it is amazing how much help they'll be able to give you over the phone:
NCT(8am -10pm): 0300 330 0771
La Leche League (Great Britain): 0845 120 2918
Breastfeeding Network: 0300 100 0210
ABM - Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0844 412 2949
Sometimes however, it is not an expert that you need, just another mum to share and bounce ideas around with. In many areas, there are wonderful breastfeeding Baby Cafes where breastfeeding mums can get together, chat, share ideas and talk through challenges. You may also find breastfeeding counsellors, peer support mums and health visitors on hand too. There are already over 50, and more are opening all the time. The Baby Cafe website will list your nearest group.
But, if you have a real challenge and things aren't getting better then do speak to a trained breastfeeding counsellor, they are here to help you. It is amazing what they can help you with over the phone, and if they can`t help sufficiently on the phone they will be able to refer you to someone who can help.
You could also talk to your midwife, health visitor or doctor. Many are totally up-to-date with the latest research and advice, but you might not always be so lucky. So, if your local medical professional is giving you advice that you are not happy with then do seek other help from a trained breastfeeding counsellor or lactation consultant.
If you are being told to stop breastfeeding because of medication you are on/need to be on, again you can always talk this through with a trained breastfeeding counsellor or look at the Breastfeeding Network website.
And, if you need to speak to someone, do call one of the helplines above.
Over the years we've spoken to many mums who have had challenges to begin with, but were able to tap into the right support and overcame them, they've gone on to enjoy fulfilling breastfeeding relationships with their babies....so hang-on in there.