Breastfeeding advice and support
There is a wealth of support out there for breastfeeding mums, so if you have any problems don't suffer in silence, get some help.
Find breastfeeding support in your local area
There may well be breastfeeding training sessions run from your hospital that you can go to when you're pregnant. The National Childbirth Trust offers similar courses.
Some children's centres offer breastfeeding sessions with midwives on hand for advice. Find your local one and pick up one of their brochures. They will also have links to other centres nearby.
There may be breastfeeding drop-in clinics or cafes run by health professionals or other mums who have experience of breastfeeding and are trained to provide advice. Ring the National Breastfeeding helpline for information about what is available near you or use The Breastfeeding Network's breastfeeding centre locator.
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Drop-in centres can be a great place for connecting with other breastfeeding mums and are invaluable for gaining a bit more confidence and advice, particularly if you're having difficulties.
Make good use of the NHS
In the early days, when you're getting breastfeeding established, your midwife should be able to help you, otherwise your GP or health visitor should be able to offer advice and let you know about breastfeeding support groups in your area.
Use the internet
There are many blogs, advice pages and forums where you can get good solid advice from other mums and it can help you feel less isolated with any problems you may have.
Chances are someone, somewhere will have had the same problems you are experiencing and have made it through to the other side.
And what better place to start than Mumsnet's breast and bottlefeeding Talk topic?
Get on the phone
There are lots of great breastfeeding helplines. Here are some of them:
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 08444 122949
- Breastfeeding Network supporterline: 0300 100 0210
- La Leche League: 0845 1202918
- National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
- National Childbirth Trust: 0300 330 0771