It’s #BreastfeedingCelebrationWeek! This year’s theme is supporting breastfeeding during COVID-19. Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Lots of mums wonder if their baby’s feeding well and getting enough – especially in the first few days. But once you’ve mastered it, you’ll probably find it’s the easiest and most satisfying way to feed your baby.
Start4 Life are here to provide lots of helpful information and advice on breastfeeding. If you have any breastfeeding worries or concerns, the best thing to do is speak to your midwife or health visitor, or join a local breastfeeding support group.
Below is a round up of all the amazing help available to help with your breastfeeding journey.
- Do you have suspected or confirmed coronavirus and are wondering if you can breastfeed? Find out the latest advice from The Breastfeeding Network UK (@BfN_UK) and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (@RCObsGyn): https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/coronavirus/ https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/coronavirus/
- Throughout COVID-19, @NBHelpline is open as usual from 9.30am-9.30pm 7 days a week on 0300 100 0212, or you can access web chat here: https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/. All calls are answered by highly trained volunteers, who are also mums who have breastfed.
- Did you know that you can use online help from your smart speaker For further support, try Breastfeeding Friend on Amazon Alexa: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/extra-help-and-support/. You can also access the same support on Google devices.
- While there is lots of amazing breastfeeding support available online we know that there’s no substitute for chatting through your concerns, especially if you have just given birth. Although many of the face to face services are suspended at the moment you can still get help and advice about breastfeeding in Lewisham here. https://myhv.lgt.nhs.uk/page/breastfeeding/ or you can contact Hani the Health Visitor Directly by filling in a form here https://myhv.lgt.nhs.uk/contact/ and someone will get back to you within 2 working days.