All face-to-face breastfeeding groups have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Lancashire County Council Families and Babies (FAB) have provided some alternative support.
Local helpline - 01254 772929
9:30am – 2:30pm, seven days a week, with opportunity to leave a voicemail
Call to access infant feeding peer support by telephone/WhatsApp/Zoom/Skype/email/SMS
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries or email@example.com for NHS referrals into peer support.
FAB have implemented a varied digital offer that includes the following options for infant feeding peer support:
- One to one video support with a range of platforms to suit the family (including; Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Microsoft Teams/Skype), recommended for specific questions or concerns
- One to one telephone, text or email support
- Online antenatal and postnatal support groups on Facebook
- Video groups sessions on Zoom and Facebook Rooms
- Monthly two-part antenatal workshop on Zoom
Virtual Breastfeeding Groups (Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust)
Every Monday and Thursday, via Microsoft Teams
10am - 11am
Click here to join the group
- We can answer your questions about breastfeeding
- Meet other mums who are also breastfeeding
- For a friendly chat and support where needed
- Staff from your health visiting team will be available
Please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/betterbirths for regularly updated information on infant feeding.
Visiting a breastfeeding group both in your pregnancy and after your baby is born can be a great way to share experiences and support with other breastfeeding families.
Blackburn with Darwen Groups
East Lancashire Groups
Families and Babies - Breastfeeding support
Families and Babies (F.A.B) provides breastfeeding support across Lancashire with friendly, trained peer supporters.
You can see more below:
For the following leaflets - Off to the best start, Building a happy baby, Caring for your baby at night, Feeding twins, Expressing, Caring for your Premature baby, Formula feeding, responding to babies needs and more please follow this link.
For videos on Skin to Skin, Information for Dads, Mums experience of breastfeeding and overcoming challenges, hand expressing your breast milk, breastfeeding in public please follow this link.
Prepare for Breastfeeding (audio clip)
This FREE audio clip gives you some useful tips on infant feeding such as attaching your baby onto your breast, close loving relationships and skin to skin. This download will sit alongside all the conversations you will have during your pregnancy with your midwife. The download enables you to settle back, relax within the comfort of your own home and enjoy being with your baby, feeling your baby move, interacting with your baby. Relaxation helps release endorphins, these are our feel good hormones. Pregnancy is about building a relationship with your baby.
Download the clip here.
Support for families expecting twins or more
See the links below for guidance:
Your Health Visitor will contact you between 30-40 weeks and arrange a home visit. This is a great opportunity to explore your feelings around your pregnancy and caring for your baby when he or she is born.
Shape up, Move more – Antenatal and Postnatal Activities
Click here to see a series of activities available to help expectant and new Mums
Information for parents who are formula feeding
Moving onto solid foods
Please see these leaflets below for advice on weaning and introducing solid foods to your infant.
Resources in other languages
The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative has published Breastfeeding and Bottle feeding written resources in Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish and Urdu. To access these, click here.
Blackburn with Darwen's infant feeding support 'Breast Intentions' on Facebook.