From local antenatal and breastfeeding groups, to organisations offering advice and information, to support from family and friends, there's lots of help out there for breastfeeding mums. You just need to know where and how to ask for it!
How can I meet other breastfeeding mums like me?
In the early days, it’s normal to feel a bit lonely. You might be tired and sore after labour and having a bit of struggle getting used to feeding, but it does get easier with time. With so many things to carry and remember, getting out of the house becomes that little bit more tricky. But meeting new mums at support groups will help to build your confidence.
The great thing about meeting other breastfeeding mums is that they know just how you feel, and you don't need to feel shy about breastfeeding in front of them because you'll all be in the same boat. Breastfeeding support groups are a great way to meet and chat with other mums who are going through the same things you are – you can find out what to expect and how to find a local group by following the links below.
What can I expect at a breastfeeding support group?
There are many different types of breastfeeding support groups. Some are run by charities, such as NCT, the Breastfeeding Network or La Leche League, and some by your local midwife or health visitor. They are all there for the same reason, to help support mums as they get to grips with feeding.
Your local group might meet in a health centre, community building or café. Whatever type is available to you, they're all a great way to meet other mums in your area, make new friends and share the ups and downs of breastfeeding. You'll generally meet a mix of new mums and volunteers who have breastfed before and are trained in breastfeeding support. You don't have to book a place – just go along when you can. They aren’t just for newborn babies, but also for mums with older babies who want some support with feeding a growing baby. It’s a friendly and very supportive community network and a few friendly words of advice and wisdom might help make life a little easier.
Infant Feeding Advisors
If you are having more complicated feeding problems, your midwife or health visitor will be able to tell you if there are any specialist Infant Feeding Advisors and clinics in your area. Watch the following film to see how different mums find the support they need in a variety of places – towards the end of the film you'll see mums enjoying a chat together at their local breastfeeding support group.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline
Call 0300 100 0212 whenever you need breastfeeding support and information.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline offers non-judgmental, independent, evidence based, mother centred breastfeeding information, support and reassurance.
Whether you want to breastfeed for one day, one week, one month, one year or more, we're here for you. All calls are answered by volunteers – all are mums who have breastfed, and all have been highly trained by the Breastfeeding Network or the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline continues to be open as usual from 9:30am – 9:30pm every day on 0300 100 0212. If you're looking for evidence-based, independent, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information then we would love to hear from you. All calls are answered by volunteers in their own homes. They are all mums and are all trained and supported by the Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers to provide breastfeeding support over the phone.
We know that your usual sources of breastfeeding support probably aren’t as accessible right now and we have adapted to ensure we can support as many families as possible. We have increased capacity on the Helpline so almost all callers are currently able to get through first time. We have also introduced a voicemail option so that if you can’t get through, you can leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours. If talking online is easier for you, our live webchat is open as much as possible and our volunteers also offer support via messenger on our social media pages.
In areas where face-to-face groups would usually run, various alternatives types of peer support have been set up. These include social media, email, telephone and video call support, the details of which can all be found on the Breastfeeding Network website.
So please, reach out for support. We are here for you.
Find a breastfeeding support group in your local area
There are breastfeeding support groups all around the country, run by trained breastfeeding supporters.
These groups are a great way for you and your baby to meet new friends, and a chance to have a good chat about the highs and lows of breastfeeding!
You can find a support group near you using the interactive map here.
Some breastfeeding support groups may not be running at the moment. Please contact your midwife, health visitor or family nurse for support. Alternatively, please call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 1212, NCT on 0300 330 0700 or La Leche League on 0345 120 2918.
La Leche League – Breastfeeding support for mothers
For breastfeeding information, local groups, and one-to-one support please see our national website.
You can find details of support available from NHS Grampian here.
If you have a question or need support with any aspect of feeding, NHS Lanarkshire Infant Feeding Team can help. We offer online, telephone and “Near Me” video calls to anyone living in Lanarkshire. Find us on our Facebook page and Facebook group or call 01698 366710, 7 days a week, 09:30-17:00.
You can find out more about breastfeeding support groups running in the Lothian area here.
NCT breastfeeding support groups
NCT Glasgow Breastfeeding Buddies
You can now join NCT Glasgow Breastfeeding Buddies in-person and online. You might also catch us on the postnatal and neonatal wards after you have your baby.
- In person support at our Kirkintilloch Group every Monday 10.00-11.30am. Find out more and register for our Kirkintilloch Group here.
- In person support at our Govanhill Group every Monday 12.30-2pm. Find out more and register for our Govanhill Group here.
- In person support at our Barrhead Group every Monday 10.00-11.30am. Find out more and register for our Barrhead Group here.
- Virtual support at our online GBB Drop-In Group every Friday from 10.00-11.00am. Please register for the Drop-In Group here.
- We can also offer ongoing support through pregnancy and beyond. Please register for onngoing support here.
- Pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding? We hold regular online events where you can ask questions about feeding your baby, and hear all about our local Breastfeeding Peer Support Service that can support you on your journey. Find our next session here: Thinking About Breastfeeding.
Glasgow Breastfeeding Buddies can also offer 1:1 support with an NCT trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporter via telephone, video call or message at a time that suits you. Please register for 1:1 support here.
We also offer 1:1 support for parents with babies in and after a stay in neonatal. We can also offer this via telephone, video, or message at a time that suits you. Please register for Neonatal 1:1 support here.
NCT Lothian Breastfeeding Buddies
You can now join NCT Lothian Breastfeeding Buddies in-person and online.
- In person support at our weekly Breastfeeding Drop-In Group (Kidzeco, Livingston, West Lothian) Tuesdays 1000 – 1100.
- In person support at our weekly Breastfeeding Drop-In Group (Inch Park Community Sports Centre) Tuesdays 1345 – 1500.
- Online support at our weekly Breastfeeding Online Drop-In Thursdays 1030 - 1130
- In person support at our weekly Breastfeeding Walk & Talk Fridays 1000 - 1100
Lothian Breastfeeding Buddies also offers 1:1 support with NCT trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporters via telephone, video call or message at a time that suits you.
To register for any of our groups or a 1:1 session please follow this link: https://linktr.ee/LothianBreastfeedingBuddies.
If you have any queries, please contact Zoe Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find further details of all our support options on our Facebook page.
NCT Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
If you're in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area, the NCT Early Days Drop In Group is also running sessions on Zoom. Find out more on their Facebook page or by contacting Tracy on email@example.com.
The Breastfeeding Network
The Breastfeeding Network has trained peer support volunteers in some areas of Scotland. Face-to-face indoor and outdoor groups are starting to re-open gradually. To find out more about what support is available in your local area, please contact us.
- Ring the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 or message them on Facebook @NationalBreastfeedingHelpline.
- Find your local Facebook page or group to chat to other mums and trained peer supporters
- @BfNAyrshireandArran or Ayrshire Breastfeeding Centres,
- @MidBreastfeeding (Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance)
- @BfNGGC (BfN Greater Glasgow and Clyde Families)
- Fife Breastfeeding Café (with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers)
- Send an email to your local team of peer support volunteers and we can offer support via email or arrange to call you back to offer free 1:1 support over the phone or via video call
- Join in with a virtual breastfeeding group video chat to say hello to other mums and peer supporters without leaving the house! Details of the groups and links to join are on our various Facebook pages
If you're pregnant and have any questions about feeding your baby when it arrives or if you just want to chat to someone please get in touch. All our volunteers are mums who have breastfed their own children and completed training so that they can support other families.
You can also find support groups in your area by entering your postcode here. However, please bear in mind that due to the current coronavirus situation, breastfeeding support groups may not be running at the moment.