BREASTFEEDING Resources

I am not a breastfeeding expert but have experience breastfeeding and supporting mother-baby dyads learning to breastfeed. Signposting you to evidence based information is a central part of my doula support.

Below is a list of reliable resources to support you in knowing your options and making informed choices.  This list was compiled fellow BfN Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, Stephanie Sayers and with support from myself. It will be frequently reviewed and updated.

 

last updated 13 May 2020

 

National Phone support provided by voluntary organisations 

 · National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 (by ABM & BfN. 9:30am-9:30pm daily. NHS & Dept. of Health use on their publications)

· Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 330 5453 (automatically connects to local volunteer breastfeeding counsellors. 9:30am-10:30pm daily.www.abm.me.uk).
· Breastfeeding Network Supporter line 0300 100 0210 (automatically connects to local breastfeeding supporter. 9:30am-9:30pm daily.). Details of BfN breastfeeding drop-in groups & lots of other info: www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
· La Leche League 0845 120 2918 (24-hour voluntary helpline provides local numbers for voluntary breastfeeding leaders in your area.www.laleche.org.uk)
· National Childbirth Trust 0300 330 0771 (connects to voluntary breastfeeding counsellor 8am-10pm daily. www.nct.org.uk

Calls to 0300 numbers cost no more than calls to UK numbers starting 01 & 02, and will be part of any inclusive minutes that apply to your provider & call package

SAFE SLEEP (can help support breastfeeding relationship)

Recent UNICEF updated safe sleep guidelines: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/07/Co-sleeping-and-SIDS-A-Guide-for-Health-Professionals.pdf

UNICEF Bed sharing leaflet (given to Luton families): http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Baby_Friendly/Leaflets/HPs_Guide_to_Coping_At_Night_Final.pdf

Baby Sleep Information Source, BASIS: https://www.basisonline.org.uk 

Online Facebook Groups

For up until age 1 search for the sister group ‘Breastfeeding Younger Babies And Beyond’: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BFOlderBabiesandBeyond/

The politics of breastfeeding support and information UK. More advocacy than practical support usually: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoliticsBfSI/

Breastfeeding Women with Children of Colour: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1276809082390871/

La Leche League Bedfordshire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLBedfordshire/

Breastfeeding in Bedford: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1239202186194591/

BREASTMILK & MEDICATIONS

Many mums are told they must stop breastfeeding because of certain medications or remain unmedicated and suffer unnecessarily because GPs are not always adequately informed with the latest research. Dr Wendy Jones has dedicated her life to spreading the correct info & helping mums get the accurate info & safe substitutes if needed, & she was recently awarded an OBE.

“If you have a specific question about the safety of medication or medical treatments while you are breastfeeding please first look at the factsheets on our website to see if you can find the information you need. Many of the common medications and questions are answered via the factsheets on a wider range of conditions including hayfever/antihistamines, migraine, upset tummies, pain killers, dental treatment, mental health, emergency contraception etc.”

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-factsheets/

https://www.facebook.com/BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformation/

https://www.facebook.com/breastfeedingandmedication/ 

other support specific to herts, Beds & Bucks

Independent donor milk bank & linked breastmilk research charity

https://www.facebook.com/humanmilkfoundation/

https://www.facebook.com/heartsmilkbank/

#FreeToFeed campaign in Bedfordshire encouraging breastfeeding in public (featuring Stephanie & Kieran!): https://vimeo.com/user93371153. 

Campaign posters and more via webpage:  www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/FreeToFeed

Weaning

Ten tips for gently stopping breastfeeding your toddler, NCT (read time 7 minutes): https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/feeding/practical-tips/ten-tips-for-gently-stopping-breastfeeding-your-toddler

How to gently night wean a breastfed baby or toddler, Sarah Ockwell-Smith: https://sarahockwell-smith.com/2014/08/10/how-to-gently-night-wean-a-breastfed-baby-or-toddler

Weaning Techniques, by Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC, Becky Flora, IBCLC and Paula Yount https://kellymom.com/ages/weaning/wean-how/weaning-techniques

Tongue-tie support

Association of Tongue-tie practitioners – national listing of tongue-tie practitioners as well as informational resources and help: https://www.tongue-tie.org.uk

Bedfordshire tongue-tie practitioners:

· Lauren Wong IBCLC https://lovemilk.co.uk

· Erinn Winter RM IBCLC https://www.tonguetieherts.co.uk