There are many organisations who have experienced individuals who can provide expert and accurate breastfeeding support for you. Please remember that not everyone who advertises as offering breastfeeding support may have qualifications and you should check out their background, particularly before paying for any service.
A quick overview of the different types of breastfeeding supporters and the training involved can be found here (courtesy of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain). The links below will put you through to trained individuals.
Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information
Telephone: 0300 100 0212
The National Breastfeeding Helpline is run by the Breastfeeding Network (BfN) and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM). All the volunteers answering calls are mums who have breastfed, and all have received extensive training in breastfeeding support. Calls are diverted to the next available ABM or BfN volunteer. Support is also available in Welsh.
0300 100 0210
Phone lines are open 9.30am – 9.30pm every single day of the year
Live online support also available via a webchat service
Drugs in Breastmilk helpline
0844 412 4665
The Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline was set up by BfN in response to the number of calls received concerning medication. The drugline is run on a voluntary basis by a pharmacist who is also a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter.
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Sarah Ockwell-Smith Gentle Parenting