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.
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
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Click here to join the group.
Lancashire County Council Families and Babies (FAB) have provided some alternative support.
The infant feeding helpline remains the primary contact point for all communications and is available daily, from 9:30am-2:30pm, on 01254 772929 (voicemail available outside of these hours, picked up the next working day).
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries or Katie.email@example.com for NHS referrals into peer support.
Whilst face to face support is for priority cases only, due to COVID19, FAB are still very actively supporting families across Lancashire. They have implemented a varied digital offer that includes the following options for infant feeding peer support:
We have put together a timetable of the current digital group support options and we hope that we have made these accessible to all.
Digital Group Support Timetable
11am-12pm with Amanda from 16 November 2020
11am-12pm with Emma from 25 November 2020
11am-12pm with Toni from 20 November 2020
Antenatal Digital Support
1pm – 2pm
This is a two part workshop that occurs each month. Join our antenatal Facebook group below or email our admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, dates and Zoom code.
Bump Babble Room on the antenatal Facebook group.
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.
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.
There are a range of useful documents below:
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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.
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Blackburn - 01254 733434
Burnley - 01282 470891
Hyndburn - 01254 387757
Pendle - 01282 606333
Ribble Valley - 01200 420260
Rossendale - 01706 237780
Eating well in your pregnancy
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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