Who can help? Breastfeeding experts in the UK and international
Many women breastfeed with no difficulties and enjoy every moment. Many face challenges at the start or later on. It’s your right to get all the help you need to breastfeed your baby. You deserve kind, well-informed support. Fortunately, help is out there for you!
Your midwife and Health Visitor can be very helpful – if they’ve had the chance to get updated. The Baby Friendly Initiative provides training, and assesses standards. So if your local maternity hospital or community service is going Baby Friendly, you’ll get good support. GPs don’t usually get a lot of training in how breastfeeding works – some are better able to help than others. As ever, if the first person you ask can’t help with the difficulty you’re facing, ask somebody else.
Four charities in the UK provide help and information. Their Breastfeeding Counsellors go through a lengthy training – they can help with all the common breastfeeding difficulties. Their services are offered free of charge (donations welcome).
La Leche League (it means ‘the milk’ and comes from Spanish) is an international organisation founded in 1956. It provides mother-to-mother help, support and information for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. They run groups and helplines, and offer online help forms. For help in many countries and languages, see La Leche League International
For the UK organisation, it’s
This is the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: www.abm.me.com
Here’s the Breastfeeding Network:
National Childbirth Trust (nct) is here:
The National Helpline
is answered by volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellors – those well-trained, highly-skilled experts:
National Helpline 0300 100 0212
If you need specialist one-to-one help and can pay a fee, you can find a local Lactation Consultant (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or IBCLC) at: Lactation Consultants Great Britain
or International Lactation Consultants Association ILCA