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

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 for general enquiries or 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:

  • One to one video support with a range of platforms to suit the family, including; Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Microsoft Teams/Skype) – we recommend this option for specific questions or concerns
  • One to one telephone, text or email support
  • Online antenatal and postnatal support groups on Facebook
  • Video groups sessions on Zoom
  • Monthly two-part antenatal workshop on Zoom

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


Zoom Group


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


Zoom Group

Facebook Room






1pm – 2pm
Antenatal Workshop

This is a two part workshop that occurs each month. Join our antenatal Facebook group below or email our admin team at for further details, dates and Zoom code.

Bump Babble Room on the antenatal Facebook group.

Families and Babies - Breastfeeding support


Families and Babies (F.A.B) provides breastfeeding support across Lancashire with friendly, trained peer supporters.

You can see more below:

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.

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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

Parent-Infant Relationships


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)

Blackburn  - 01254 733434

Burnley - 01282 470891

Hyndburn - 01254 387757

Pendle - 01282 606333

Ribble Valley - 01200 420260

Rossendale - 01706 237780 


Preparing for birth and parenthood

Information for parents who are formula feeding                                                                     

How to tell bottle feeding
is going well 
Responsive bottle feeding
Statement on formula preparation machines


UNICEF bottle feeding resources

Moving onto solid foods

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

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.

Social Media

Blackburn with Darwen's infant feeding support 'Breast Intentions' on Facebook.

Useful documents

Expressing and storing breast milk

Antenatal hand expressing of colostrum