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Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support and Social groups

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Important

It is with regret that we are postponing all face to face breastfeeding support groups across the City.

Following guidance from the Department of Health, we will review and update the situation on a weekly basis, so please continue to check this webpage regularly.


Wolverhampton’s ‘virtual’ breastfeeding support and social groups

Many pregnant women find it very helpful to attend a breastfeeding support group before the birth of their baby, to talk to other mothers, ask questions and meet breastfeeding supporters.

New mothers also value support groups to gain practical breastfeeding support and information from peer supporters, and to meet other mothers to share their experiences.

Infant Feeding: Vitual Drop-in Breastfeeding Support Groups


While face to face groups are not running due to Covid-19, you can access our 'virtual' breastfeeding groups online, which are being run by The Breastfeeding Networkvia Zoom, on a Tuesday and Thursday morning each week from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

If you are working, you may be able to ask your workplace for time off work to ‘attend’ one or more group sessions if they’ve been recommended by a health professional - ask your doctor or midwife for details.

For more information and to book a place onto one of the sessions, visit  Wolverhampton Virtual Breastfeeding Group's Facebook page or email  wolverhampton@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk 

Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers

If you are pregnant or a new mother, you can sign up to a free text message service known as ‘Flo’, to receive informative and motivational text messages. 

The ‘Flo’ message service will send you regular helpful and supportive tips, videos and messages before and after baby arrives, on topics such as relationship building, what to expect, feeding your baby and safer sleep, by text to a mobile phone. 

Infant Feeding: Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers

While you are pregnant, the friendly and reassuring texts will arrive from 28 weeks until baby your baby is born. 

After your baby’s birth, if you text Flo with ‘BIRTHDAY’ and baby’s date of birth, Flo will continue to send you useful informative texts to help you as a new mother also. 

Flo is interactive too - if you need further help with feeding your baby you can text Flo, to receive a message with details of how to access the support and information you need. 

To sign up to Flo for free, just need to speak to their midwife or email the Trust’s Infant Feeding Team.

National sources of breastfeeding support

NHS
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 100 0212
http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/

The Breastfeeding Network
Supporterline - 0300 100 0210
Supporterline in Bengali / Sylheti - 0300 456 2421
Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline – email druginformation@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/

The Breastfeeding Network also offers support via:
  • Twitter (@BfN_UK)
  • Instagram
  • @TheBreastfeedingNetworkUK Facebook page
  • @BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformationservice Facebook page
  • @NationalBreastfeedingHelpline Facebook page
  • Webchat and email via the BfN website

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 330 5453
http://www.abm.me.uk/

La Leche League
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0845 120 2918
http://www.laleche.org.uk/

The National Childbirth Trust
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 330 0771
http://www.nct.org.uk/

On-line Support
For video clips of mothers talking about their experiences of breastfeeding and how to position and latch your baby:


Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) Chatbot
Public Health England’s Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) ChatBot provides day and night support and information. To access the BFF chatbot simply open Facebook and search "Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend" or visit the Start for Life - Breastfeeding website

You can access the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) Chatbot from:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home
  • Facebook Messenger
      

Baby Buddy App 
The Baby Buddy App for parents and parents to beis from the child health and wellbeing charity Best Beginnings to guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life, including information on infant feeding, local services, a question and answer function, plus helpful videos.

Resources in Other Languages

There is also support available in other languages, plus infosheets on breastfeeding and bottle feeding in different languages - see our Resources in Other Languages webpagefor details.

Breastfeeding support out of the area

Do you live outside Wolverhampton? Please use the following links to find breastfeeding support in your area:

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Walsall

Sandwell

Birmingham

Dudley

Telford & Wrekin

Lactation Consultants

Work on a fee basis, in private practice, providing additional support to women in their own homes. For more information visit the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain website


Breastfeeding Support and Social Groups
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