Breastfeeding groups/support options
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.
National breastfeeding helpline
Blackburn with Darwen Groups
East Lancashire Groups
Families and Babies - Breastfeeding support
Leaflets and videos
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.
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.
Prepare for Breastfeeding (audio clip)
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.
There are a range of useful documents below:
Combining breast and bottle feeding information
How to tell breastfeeding is going well
Partners and breastfeeding information
Support for families expecting twins or more
See the links below for guidance:
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.
5 ways you can protect your baby
Antenatal hand expressing of colostrum
Booking onto your local antenatal classes (currently suspended)
Information for parents who are formula feeding
How to tell bottle feeding
is going well
Responsive bottle feeding
Statement on formula preparation machines
Moving onto solid foods
Please see these leaflets below for advice on weaning and introducing solid foods to your infant.
Resources in other languages
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.