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Information & resources for breastfeeding women

For information on supporting breastfeeding women see the specific information sheet on this topic on this website.

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Breastfeeding helplines

National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
0300 330 5453

The Breastfeeding Network
0300 100 0210
Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421
Tamil, Telegu and Hindi: 0300 330 5469

La Leche League GB
0845 120 2918

National Childbirth Trust
0300 330 0771

Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline
0844 412 4665

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Useful organisations and sources of information

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
T: 08444 122 948
Helpline: 0300 330 5453

This charity offers extensive support to parents around breastfeeding and a range of factsheets and resources as well as a helpline. Information is available on a wide range of topics such as expressing
breast milk, breastfeeding twins, breastfeeding older children, and the roles of parents and grandparents.

The Baby Café
Coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centres
and other services to support breastfeeding mothers.

Baby Milk Action (IBFAN UK)
T: 01223 464420

Baby Milk Action (IBFAN UK) is a campaigning organisation that protects breastfeeding by highlighting inappropriate marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

Best Beginnings
T: 020 7443 7895

Best Beginnings is a charity working to end child health inequalities in the UK. It offers a range of advice for parents and carers in the following topic categories: Pregnant – now what? (including information on exercise, eating, and alcohol); Becoming a parent; Feeding your baby; Life with your baby; and Supporting your sick or premature baby.

Their DVD From bump to breastfeeding, which follows real mothers' stories, shows parents how to get started with breastfeeding and provides practical answers to common problems. It can be viewed in seven languages including Urdu, Bengali and Somali. Sections of the DVD are available as video clips from The website also has videos on: Breastfeeding twins or more; and Breastfeeding your sick or pre-term baby.

Baby Buddy is a free mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be, covering pregnancy and the first six months after birth. It delivers personalised pregnancy and parenting information and prompts for reflection and action. The app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

The Breastfeeding Network
T: 0844 412 0995
Supporter line: 0300 100 0210

The Breastfeeding Network is a UK charity that provides evidence-based information and support for breastfeeding women and their families. It does not take funding from sources with an interest in commercial feeding.

Some useful factsheets are:

Expressing and storing breast milk
Breastfeeding and mastitis

How safe is …? Alcohol, smoking, medicines and breastfeeding pdfs/BfN_how_safe_is_leaflet_2009.pdf

The Breastfeeding Network also runs the Drugs in
Breastmilk Helpline.

T: 020 7378 1122
Family Support Helpline: Freephone 0500 618 140

Bliss is a special care charity which provides information about feeding babies born too soon, too small, or too sick. See their website page Breastfeeding at

They also produce a book called The best start – a guide to expressing and breastfeeding your premature baby. For a full list of their publications and factsheets, see

Department of Health
The Department of Health provides free information
about infant feeding.

Off to the best start: important information about feeding your baby is a downloadable booklet that covers many aspects of infant feeding (breast and bottle) such as preparation for breastfeeding, dealing with problems such as mastitis, a healthy diet for breastfeeding, and formula feeding – including preparation of bottles. See:

Drugs In Breastmilk Helpline
Helpline: 0844 412 4665
For information on whether particular medicines affect breast milk. The helpline is run on a voluntary basis by a pharmacist who is also a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter.

First Steps Nutrition Trust

See this website for publications on:
Breast milk and breastfeeding: A simple guide
Eating well for a healthy pregnancy: A practical guide
Eating well in pregnancy: A practical guide for teenagers
Eating well recipe book: Simple, cost-effective ideas for the whole family
Making the most of Healthy Start
Infant milks: A simple guide to infant formula, follow-on formula and other infant milks

Health Scotland
Health Scotland provides information about all aspects of breastfeeding (in English, Chinese, Polish or Slovak). See:
Off to a good start: All you need to know about breastfeeding your baby

Healthy Start
For information on breastfeeding, see

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain is the association for those with the qualification of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). It specialises in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and lactation issues. It is an affiliate member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association). To find your nearest IBCLC, go to

La Leche League GB
Helpline: 0845 120 2918

La Leche League GB is a support network that offers information and encouragement, mainly throughmother-to-mother support, to all women who want to breastfeed their babies. It holds regular meetings, open to mothers, all over the UK. To find your nearest La Leche League breastfeeding mothers' group, go to

There is also an excellent selection of frequently asked
questions available at:

Maternity Action

Maternity Action is committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children from conception through to the child's early years. They also support the rights of women to breastfeed in the workplace.

Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS)
T: 0800 581 009

Multiple Births Foundation
T: 020 3313 3519

The Multiple Births Foundation supports multiplebirth families. They have produced free feeding guidelines for parents and carers. Their booklet Feeding twins, triplets and more is available for download at:

National Breastfeeding Helpline
T: 0300 100 0212 (available in English and Welsh)
This helpline is run in collaboration with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) and the Breastfeeding Network (BfN) and is funded by the Department of Health.

National Childbirth Trust
T: 0844 243 6000
Helpline: 0300 33 00 700
Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 330 0771

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a national parenting charity that offers advice and informationon breastfeeding, including a feeding helpline. A full list of their factsheets is available at: You can choose information targeted at babies from 0-3 months; 3-6 months; 6-9 months; 9-12 months; 12-18 months; and 18-24 months.

See also the web pages:
How long should I breastfeed?

Coping with colic

Dads and breastfeeding – common concerns

NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website has information on all
aspects of breastfeeding at

NHS Health Scotland/Scottish Executive

A website providing up-to-date information, resources and support for practitioners working with or supporting pregnant women and families with young children.

Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)
Off to a good start: All you need to know about breastfeeding your baby

What dads should know about breastfeeding

Ready, Steady, Baby
A comprehensive on-line resource and app, created by NHS Health Scotland, which takes families through pregnancy and the first year.

Royal College of Midwives
T: 0300 303 0444

Start4Life NHS Information Service for Parents

Pregnancy and baby emails for parents-to-be and new parents, with links to films and health and well-being information.

Twins and Multiple Births Association TAMBA
T: 01483 304442

TAMBA produces a leaflet called Breastfeeding more than one, which gives advice on managing breastfeeding for twins or triplets or more.

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
T: 020 7375 6052

The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website contains useful information and advice on all aspects of breastfeeding. It also provides free access to research on infant feeding including on topics such as breastfeeding and breast cancer; breastfeeding and tongue tie; and breastfeeding and allergy. See

Off to the best start downloadable booklet produced in collaboration with the Government's Start4Life campaign. It provides information about all aspects of breastfeeding, including for multiple births. Printed copies are available for free by phoning the DH Publications Orderline on 0300 123 1002.

Breastfeeding at study or work – information for employees and employers

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