bristol • north somerset • south gloucestershire

Breastfeeding

The vast majority of women in this area start off breastfeeding their newborn baby and would like to continue, but it is common to experience some difficulties or to have questions, either in the beginning or even after getting off to a flying start. Luckily it is almost always possible to solve these issues, and the sooner you seek help, the quicker the problem will be resolved so you can enjoy breastfeeding.

Many things can be dealt with by talking to an advisor over the phone on any of the numbers below, but there are also breastfeeding support groups, counsellors and clinics that can help. When you are no longer seeing your midwife, your health visitor can also give advice.

If you found it difficult to breastfeed in the early days, and your baby had some formula feeds or you stopped breastfeeding, this does not mean that you cannot go back to breastfeeding if you want to. It may take some perseverance but it is possible to restart and to build up your milk supply. Talk to your midwife, infant feeding advisor or one of the helplines.

 

Breastfeeding helplines

There are a number of free breastfeeding lines that you can ring.  
You do not need to be a member of any organisation to ring them:

Breastfeeding Network  

0300 100 0212 (9.30am - 9.30pm)
0300 330 5469 (Tamil, Telegu, Hindi)
0300 456 2421 (Bengali/Sylheti)

NCT Breastfeeding line    0300 330 0771 (8am - 10pm)

La Leche League line    0845 120 2918

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers    0300 330 5453

National Breastfeeding Helpline    0300 100 0212

 

Breastfeeding counsellors

Bristol City Council has a list of trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors.

 

Breastfeeding support groups

Bristol 

North Somerset 

South Gloucestershire

 

Places to breastfeed

You can breastfeed anywhere (the Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place such as a cafe, shop or public transport), but if you need specific information, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council have lists of venues and services that support breastfeeding mothers and NHS Choices has some useful tips.