Pregnancy blog, 02/08/2017
Everyone and their mother, grandmother and second cousin will be telling you that you should breastfeed, that it is a magical time to bond with your baby and the most natural thing in the world. All of these things are true, but what is also true is that (sometimes) it takes getting used to. It can also make you feel a bit sore, lonely and tired when you're up in the middle of the night being the sole provider of food for your little one.
BUT (big but), there is more breastfeeding support out there than you might realise, from your family and friends to cafes and organisations. If you’re nervous about admitting you want some help, you don’t even need to do it face to face because there are breastfeeding helplines you can call or online forums, private Facebook groups and videos.
There really is something to suit every mum and baby.
National Breastfeeding Helpline
- 0300 100 0212
- Open every day
- Trained volunteers and experienced mums who have been in your shoes
- 0300 330 0700
- The breastfeeding line (Option 1) is open every day from 8am-midnight
- Qualified NCT practitioners
La Leche League
- 0345 120 2918
- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Accredited breastfeeding counsellors
- Calls to this number will cost a maximum of 2p per minute, plus your phone provider’s access charge. Find out more…
You're more than welcome to call us on our PregnancyLine on 0800 0147 800, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
The Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA)
The TAMBA website is a great resource for mums of twins or triplets and the challenges that will be unique to you.
We also have specific information about breastfeeding a premature baby.
'As Midwives, we are fully trained in breastfeeding support and can give information both antenatally (during pregnancy) and postnatally (after birth). It is always a good idea to have a think about how you would like to feed your newborn when the happy day arrives, so we would always recommend discussing this with your partner and midwife, as well as doing some reading/research of your own during pregnancy in order to make the feeding choice that best fits you and your little one.'Tommy's midwife, Sophie
Personal breastfeeding support
Your healthcare team
If you would like to see someone face to face for help with breastfeeding you can speak to your midwife or health visitor. You should have their details in the notes you get given after your baby is born.
You may have a local drop-in centre where you can go and see a health visitor to talk through things. Or, if you prefer, you can sometimes see a trained volunteer mother for peer support.
Find breastfeeding support services near you
These are free drop-ins offering information for pregnant and breastfeeding mums and their families in a supportive space.
Find a café
Sure Start Children's centres
They can give you help and advice on child and family health.
Find your nearest centre
There are loads of Youtube videos out there about breastfeeding but we recommend starting with trusted sources like NHS Choices:
If your partner is feeling like a spare wheel, there are lots of ways they can bond with baby and give you a hand. For example, they could:
- help with nappy changes and bath time
- go to antenatal or breastfeeding classes
- learn some baby massage
- take baby out and about to give you a break
- go along to some baby groups – there are some that are especially for partners.
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