Need help with feeding?
Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn and Ribble Valley: 01254 733434
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale: 01282 803434
Health Visiting teams:
East Lancashire: 0300 247 0040
Blackburn with Darwen: 01254 585000
National Breastfeeding Helpline (9:30am-9:30pm):
0300 100 0212 - includes English, Polish and Welsh translations
0300 330 5469 - Tamil, Teluga and Hindi support translations
Families and Babies (FAB):
(East Lancashire residents only) 01254 772929
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.
West Pennine Slings
Find out about babywearing and try out different baby carriers.
Why use the sling library?
- Discover all you need to know about carriers and slings before and after birth
- Try out and borrow carriers - free hires for all BwD residents
- Babywearing has many benefits for baby and you
- Carriers can be used from newborn to around four years old
Join us at one of our playgroups or walks
- Every Wednesday 10am-11.30am at Darwen Valley Community Centre
- First Thursday of the month 12.30pm-2pm at LIttle Harwood Children's Centre
- Every Monday 10am-11.30am at a different venue each month - get in touch for more details
Leaflets and videos
Jaundice is the name given to the yellow appearance of the skin and the whites of the eyes.
Jaundice is very common in newborn babies. About 60% of full-term babies and 80% of premature babies develop jaundice in the first week of life. Jaundice reaches its peak at about four days of life and then gradually disappears in most babies by the time they are two weeks old. Some babies may need more help to feed effectively and may need treatment for their jaundice. Jaundice does not necessarily mean your baby is ill.
Jaundice can occur within the first 24 hours after birth, but this is rare. If this happens it is important that a Neonatal Doctor sees your baby. Normally this will not be a problem as you will still be in hospital.
If your baby is at home, it is important you tell your midwife or doctor.
Please ensure that your baby is feeding effectively:
A sleepy baby should be woken for feeds as this will help reduce the jaundice and prevent excessive weight loss. New babies should have a minimum of 8 feeds every 24 hours. Please always discuss with your midwife if your baby is sleepy so that the midwife can assess your baby overall and assess feeding. Your midwife will then help put a plan in place. This should not be delayed.
This leaflet will help you to:
- Understand what jaundice is and what causes it
- Why treatment is important for some babies
- Understand normal wet and dirty nappies / colours
For further information please see:
This is the NCT information.
This is the NHS information.
Click here to view Professor Amy Brown's videos for new parents.
For UNICEF leaflets and videos on Skin to Skin, Parent information, Infant Feeding and overcoming challenges, hand expressing your breast milk, breastfeeding in public please and much more, 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.
There are a range of useful documents below:
Newborn infant feeding behaviour
Combining breast and bottle feeding information
Early breastfeeding days
Partners and breastfeeding information
Breastfeeding while out and about
The Equality Act 2010 says that it is discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding. It applies to anyone providing services, benefits, facilities and premises to the public, public bodies, further and higher education bodies and association. Service providers include most organisations that deal directly with the public. Service providers must not discriminate, harass or victimise a woman because she is breastfeeding.
Discrimination includes refusing to provide a service, providing a lower standard of service or providing a service on different terms. Therefore, a cafe owner cannot ask you to stop breastfeeding, ask you to move or cover up or refuse to serve you.
You can find out more about your rights, here.
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
Click here to see the available virtual groups (for East Lancashire families).
BUMP, BABY AND BEYOND - In-person Group
Meet other parents and prepare for the birth of your baby.
Held over two consecutive weeks
Face-to-face group - Multiple dates and locations, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
To book on to BBB contact your health visiting 0-19 service.
Tel: 0300 247 0040
Information for parents who are formula feeding
Early bottle-feeding days
Responsive bottle feeding
Safe preparation of formula milk
Please see from page 37 in this document for information about formula preparation machines.
Hot weather, infant feeding and water
Fully breastfed babies do not need water until they are on solid foods. Your baby will need to breastfeed more than usual as they need extra drinks and breastfeeding parents should keep hydrated for their own wellbeing.
Click here for a poster.
Click here for guidance and recommendations on giving water to your baby.
Click here for FAQs on the recommendations for giving water during infancy.
Moving onto solid foods
Parents need evidence-based, independent information on complementary feeding.
“Eating well: the first year. A guide to introducing solids and eating well up to baby's first birthday” which can be downloaded and printed for free is also a fantastic resource for parents.
Weaning | Start 4 Life (www.nhs.uk)
New campaign promotes advice to introduce babies to solid food - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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, Urdu and Ukranian. To access these, click here.
Blackburn with Darwen's infant feeding support 'Breast Intentions' on Facebook.
Families and Babies (FaB) Facebook page for breastfeeding support, information and groups across Lancashire.
Below are a list of useful websites for general information and breastfeeding support. Simply search the below on your internet browser:
- Lancashire and South Cumbria Better Births - support with preparing for parenthood and after bith
- HRCG - Feeding your baby postnatally
- Breastfeeding Network (BfN) - providing drugs in breast milk fact sheets
- Twins Trust
- First Steps Nutrition - information about formula milks
- Tongue Tie Association