Pregnancy Guide
NHS Choices

Help and support

One-to-one support for breastfeeding

Midwives, health visitors and local trained volunteer mothers (peer supporters) are there to help you get breastfeeding off to a good start.  They can give you lots of information and support just when you need it.

If you need to speak to someone between midwife or health visitor appointments, you should find their contact details in your baby's red book.  Ask your midwife or health visitor to show you the page when you first get it.

You could also go to your local drop in baby clinic to see a health visitor face to face.

Breastfeeding groups

These are great places to make new friends and share the ups and downs of looking after a new baby. You'll generally meet a mix of other mums who are just starting to breastfeed, and volunteers who have breastfed their own babies in the past and have had training in breastfeeding support. Just go along when you can.

To find out what's available in your area, talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP. To find a breastfeeding group in your area click here (select babies and toddlers from drop down).

Breastfeeding helplines and websites

Helplines

  • National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212
  • Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453
  • La Leche League – 0345 120 2918
  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – 0300 330 0700

Websites

  • Baby Café is a network of breastfeeding drop-ins. You can find your nearest drop-in on the website by entering your postcode.
  • Bliss is a special care baby charity that provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.
  • The Breastfeeding Network provides breastfeeding support and information.
  • La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support with breastfeeding.
  • The Lactation Consultants of Great Britain can help you find a lactation consultant near you.
  • The Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) has information about feeding twins and triplets.
  • The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a charity that provides information and support on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, including breastfeeding.
  • The UK Association for Milk Banking has information about using donated breast milk if your baby is premature or ill, and how to donate breast milk. 

How partners can support breastfeeding

Women are mych more likely to breastfeed for longer when they have their partner's support.  Practical ways dads and partners can help with breastfeeding include:

  • Go to antenatal or breastfeeding sessions. Some sessions are organised especially for dads. Ask your midwife for further details. Learning the same information as your partner and discussing it together can be really helpful, especially in the early days when everything is very new and sometimes feels overwhelming.
  • Give emotional and practical support. It can be a really hard time in the early days when babies and children take up all of your energy. But it doesn't last forever. Try to make time for each other when you can. Do little things to make each other feel cared for and included.
  • Arrange paternity leave. Talk to your employer about paternity leave early on so you can plan how this best suits your family needs.
  • Make her life easier. It's the little things that make a big difference. For example, bring her dinner if the baby wants to feed at the same time, bring her a cup of tea and a magazine, or even arrange for family or friends to keep her company while you're at work.
  • Provide some stress relief. If you already have young children, take the stress away from mum by keeping them entertained while she feeds the baby. Do your bit around the house and give your partner some time to relax and regain her energy.
  • Get involved in your baby's care. Giving your baby their bath, changing nappies and being part of getting ready for bed are great ways of getting close to your baby.
  • Give your baby a bottle of breast milk. After a few weeks, if your partner begins to express her breast milk, you could give your baby a bottle of breast milk. Not all babies are keen to bottle feed - some prefer to only breastfeed. Very soon, at around six months, your baby will be ready to try solid foods and you can enjoy this exciting time with them.

Last Updated: 08/11/2017 13:22:06