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Finding Support

Try to remember you are learning how to do something new! Telling your family and friends that you want to breastfeed, and getting their support, will help you succeed. It can be really helpful to have someone who knows about breastfeeding sit with you as you feed your baby. If the helper can be there from before you start to when your baby has finished feeding, this is most helpful. Ask your midwife or health visitor to do this.

Other options: Visit your local Support Group. For further information please see the “Support Groups” section of this website.

Your local Breastfeeding Supporter is also only a phone call away and may also be able to visit you while you feed. Your midwife or health visitor can provide you with the name and phone number of a local supporter, or pick up a leaflet at your local Support Group.

Who are Breastfeeding Peer Supporters? Local women all with one thing in common - we live locally and breastfed our babies and want to support others who wish to do the same.

What do Breastfeeding Peer Supporters do? 1. We pass on our knowledge and skills: we know breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally, it is a skill that can be learnt and taught and like all skills it can take time to be confident. 2. We encourage other women: we know that women succeed more and breastfeed longer when surrounded by other breastfeeding women and people who are positively encouraging you in your choice to give breastfeeding a go. 3. We offer support: we’re here to support mums who choose to breastfeed whether it is for 1 day or beyond a year. It's your choice and we will support you along the way.