Breastfeeding support groups

Breastfeeding support groups are great places to make new friends and share the ups and downs of looking after a new baby. Breastfeeding groups are supported by Starting Well staff and a Bosom Buddy Peer Supporter.

All of our support groups are held at children’s centres. No health visitor referral is required, but please call your local children’s centre to book your place. Siblings are also welcome at the group.

 

Victoria Road Children's Centre (Northwich)
Breastfeeding support group on Wednesdays between 10.00am and 11:30am.

To book your place, please call 01606 555285.

 

Wharton Children's Centre (Winsford)

Breastfeeding support group on Fridays between 10.00am and 11:30am.

To book your place, please call 01606 555285.

 

Stanlaw Abbey Children's Centre (Ellesmere Port)
Breastfeeding support group on Fridays between 10.00am and 11.30am.

To book your place, please call 0151 488 8036.

 

Blacon Children's Centre (Chester)
Breastfeeding support group on Thursdays between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

To book your place, please call 01244 397412.

 

Frodsham Children's Centre (Frodsham/Rural)
Breastfeeding support group on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

To book your place, please call 01606 555287.

 

Neston Community Youth Centre (Neston)

Breastfeeding support group on Wednesdays between 11.00am - 12.30pm.

To book your place, please call 0151 488 8036.

Bosom Buddies CWP Facebook Group                 

Breastfeeding Friendly Chester Facebook Group              

National Childbirth Trust Chester Facebook Group

La Leche League Chester  Facebook Group

If you’re struggling with breastfeeding

If you are struggling with breastfeeding and need specialist support, please contact your Health Visitor for a referral into our specialist clinic run by our highly trained and experienced Breastfeeding Lead Health Visitors. You can also reach out to a number of helplines, and read more information on their websites. All information is included in the tabs below.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Telephone: 0300 100 0212 

The National Breastfeeding Helpline offers independent, confidentia, mother-centred, non-judgmental breast feeding support and information. The line is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm every day of the year. Online chat support is also available via their website. All calls are answered by highly trained volunteers, who are also mums who have breastfed.

 

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Telephone: 0300 330 5453

Calls to the NBH are answered by trained ABM Breastfeeding Counsellors and BfN Breastfeeding Supporters in their own homes. Calls to the ABM helpline are answered only by trained ABM Breastfeeding Counsellors. You will be connected to the first available volunteer. They will not necessarily be in the same area as you and may not have local knowledge but will be able to support you in your breastfeeding journey.

 

La Leche League

Telephone: 0345 120 2918

 

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

Telephone: 0300 330 0700

For practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding.

 

Start4life Infant Feeding Support

Start4life offers information to the many benefits and advantages of breastfeeding – not only for your baby, but for you too. Visit their website for more information.

All day, every day, you'll have access to:

  • NHS trusted advice – based on questions asked by thousands of new mums

  • a wide range of breastfeeding topics, guides and FAQs – available every day, 24⁄7

You can also find out more information surrounding vitamins for mums and babies

 

Best Beginnings

Baby Buddy is the multi-award winning free app that guides you through pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond. You can explore the web version of Baby Buddy or download the full version of the app for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Association Of Breastfeeding Mothers - ABM

Team baby: getting ready to breastfeed. FREE online course for parents looking at the decision to breastfeed, how breastfeeding works, how new-born’s behave, what challenges can arise and where to get help.

 

UNICEF

Parent infant feeding support; From Tongue tie to low milk supply. UNICEF also have a video guide of how to hand express and when hand expression might be useful. 

 

ARDO Breastpumps

Due to COVID-19, NCT have temporarily withdrawn their volunteer breastpump scheme to minimise their contact with the general public. To rent the pumps, visit the ARDO website and when you get to the shopping cart enter the discount code CARUM20 in the coupon code field which will reduce the price.

 

Maximising breastmilk and re-lactation guidance

Following the publication of the UUK BFI statement on infant feeding during the Covid-19 outbreak, UNICEF have now produced a quick reference guide for health professionals on supporting mothers to maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to give or to re-lactate if they have stopped breastfeeding and wish to re-start. If you wish to maximise breastmilk or want to re-lactate, call the Duty Desk numbers below to be referred to the 0-19 Starting Well infant feeding leads.

Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre: 0151 488 8036

Victoria Road Children’s Centre - 01606 555 286

For further infant feeding support during COVID-19 call the 0-19 Starting Well duty numbers.

Useful breastfeeding apps

If you have any breastfeeding questions, the Breastfeeding Friend app (BFF) from Start4Life has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you. The BFF app is available on Google Assistant and Google Home.

Whether you're experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, you've got sore nipples, or you want to know about vitamins and what you should include in your diet; if it's a breastfeeding related question, the Breastfeeding Friend is ready to help you.

All day, every day, you’ll have access to:

  • NHS trusted advice – based on questions asked by thousands of new mums
  • Daily breastfeeding tips – on things like comforting your newborn, feeding frequency, and what to do if your baby cries during feeds

How to get started

If you have a Google Home smart speaker:

1: SETUP – Set up Google Home using the Google Home on Android or iOS

2: SEARCH – Just say "Hey Google, talk to Breastfeeding Friend"

3: TALK – Ask Breastfeeding Friend a specific question, for example "Hey Google, is my baby getting enough milk?", or just let Breastfeeding Friend talk to you about useful breastfeeding topics

 

If you want to use Google Assistant on your mobile:

1: SETUP – Set up the Google Assistant app for Android or iOS

2: SEARCH – In the Google Assistant app - say "Hey Google, talk to Breastfeeding Friend"

3: TALK – Ask Breastfeeding Friend a specific question, for example "Hey Google, is my baby attaching well?", or just let Breastfeeding Friend talk to you about useful breastfeeding topics.

 

Just ask

"Hey Google, ask Breastfeeding Friend for a quick tip"

"Hey Google, ask Breastfeeding Friend for the feeding guide"

"Hey Google, ask Breastfeeding Friend for some advice"

"Hey Google, ask Breastfeeding Friend to log a feed"

"Hey Google, ask Breastfeeding Friend how do I breastfeed?"

How to get started

1: SEARCH - Open the Alexa App on your smartphone, tap ‘skills’ in the menu and search for Breastfeeding Friend

2: ENABLE - Tap ‘enable’

3: TALK - Just say, “Alexa, open Breastfeeding Friend” to open the skill. Use the menu or ask Alexa a direct question, for example “Alexa, is my baby getting enough milk?”

 

Just ask

“Alexa, ask Breastfeeding Friend to give me some advice”

“Alexa, ask Breastfeeding Friend to give me a quick tip”

“Alexa, ask Breastfeeding Friend, how do I breastfeed?”

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