Breastfeeding your baby? Pregnant and like to know more about breastfeeding?
NHS Wiltshire is working in partnership with local health services, Wiltshire Council, local business and the voluntary sector to support women across Wiltshire to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding has a key role to play in keeping adults and children well, optimising their health and reducing inequalities. It can make a major contribution to an infant’s health and development, especially if sustained exclusively for the first six months of life and is associated with better health outcomes for the mother. The Wiltshire Breastfeeding Strategy 2011-14 outlines a multi-agency approach to increase breastfeeding among all mothers and in particular, to reduce the gap in breastfeeding among women living in the most deprived areas compared to the Wiltshire average.
Whether you’re a breastfeeding mum or the partner of someone breastfeeding who would value some support, or you’re pregnant and thinking about the possibility of breastfeeding, follow the links below to find out what’s available:
Breastfeeding groups are held in a range of venues and at varying times across Wiltshire as listed below. Please contact the venue to confirm the day and time. Drop in for a chat with other pregnant or breastfeeding mums. Trained volunteers who have experience of breastfeeding their own children or Children’s Centre staff are also available at some venues (Mum2Mum). Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, partners and children are all welcome.
Health professional support
Midwifery and Health Visiting teams across Wiltshire have received specialist training in breastfeeding and will be happy to answer queries or refer you to other colleagues as appropriate.
If you are pregnant or have just had a baby you should already have contact details of your local midwifery or health visiting service, respectively. If you are new to the area please register with your local GP and ask for details.
Venues across Wiltshire are joining the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed comfortably when they are out and about. Venues range from cafes, restaurants to libraries and leisure centres. Details of venuesthat have already committed to support women to exercise their right to breastfeed can be found at http://www.breastfeedingwelcomescheme.org.uk/find_venue.php
You are welcome to send us feedback on the scheme by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a venue interested in joining the scheme click here to download the Breastfeeding Welcome guide and the Breastfeeding Welcome checklist.
Telephone and online support
Help and support for breastfeeding, 24 hours a day. (Some of these organizations will also be able to refer you to a Breastfeeding Counsellor in your area).
National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212 (8.00 am – 10.00 pm)
National Childbirth Trust Breastfeeding Line
0300 330 0771 (8.00am – 10.00pm – every day except Bank holidays)
Breastfeeding Network Supporter Line
0300 100 0210 (9.30am – 9.30pm)
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
0844 412 2949 (9.30am – 10.30pm)
La Leche League
0845 120 2918 (24 Hours)
Electric breast pumps are available to borrow from your local Children’s Centre. Please go to http://www.askwiltshire.org/info-centre/childrens-centres/ to find your nearest Children’s Centre.