We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
Lancashire County Council Families and Babies (FAB) have provided some alternative support.
Local helpline - 01254 772929
9:30am – 2:30pm, seven days a week, with opportunity to leave a voicemail
Call to access infant feeding peer support by telephone/WhatsApp/Zoom/Skype/email/SMS
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries or email@example.com for NHS referrals into peer support.
FAB have implemented a varied digital offer that includes the following options for infant feeding peer support:
Please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/betterbirths for regularly updated information on infant feeding.
Visiting a breastfeeding group both in your pregnancy and after your baby is born can be a great way to share experiences and support with other breastfeeding families.
Families and Babies (F.A.B) provides breastfeeding support across Lancashire with friendly, trained peer supporters.
You can see more below:
For the following leaflets - Off to the best start, Building a happy baby, Caring for your baby at night, Feeding twins, Expressing, Caring for your Premature baby, Formula feeding, responding to babies needs and more please follow this link.
For videos on Skin to Skin, Information for Dads, Mums experience of breastfeeding and overcoming challenges, hand expressing your breast milk, breastfeeding in public please follow this link.
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This FREE audio clip gives you some useful tips on infant feeding such as attaching your baby onto your breast, close loving relationships and skin to skin. This download will sit alongside all the conversations you will have during your pregnancy with your midwife. The download enables you to settle back, relax within the comfort of your own home and enjoy being with your baby, feeling your baby move, interacting with your baby. Relaxation helps release endorphins, these are our feel good hormones. Pregnancy is about building a relationship with your baby.
Download the clip here.
See the links below for guidance:
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Your Health Visitor will contact you between 30-40 weeks and arrange a home visit. This is a great opportunity to explore your feelings around your pregnancy and caring for your baby when he or she is born.
Click here to see a series of activities available to help expectant and new Mums
Eating well in your pregnancy
Statement on formula preparation machines
UNICEF bottle feeding resources
Please see these leaflets below for advice on weaning and introducing solid foods to your infant.
Start4Life - Introducing solid foods
Moving Onto Solid Foods
Moving onto solid foods poster
The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative has published Breastfeeding and Bottle feeding written resources in Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish and Urdu. To access these, click here.
Blackburn with Darwen's infant feeding support 'Breast Intentions' on Facebook.
Expressing and storing breast milk
Antenatal hand expressing of colostrum