Breast Feeding Help & Support

One-to-one support for breastfeeding

Midwives, health visitors and local trained volunteer mothers (peer supporters) are there to help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. They can give you lots of information and support just when you need it.

If you need to speak to someone between midwife or health visitor appointments, you should find their contact details in your baby’s red book. Ask your midwife or health visitor to show you the page when you first get it.

You could also go to your local drop-in baby clinic to see a health visitor face to face.

Useful Information


  • National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212
  • Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453
  • La Leche League – 0345 120 2918
  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – 0300 330 0700

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How partners can support breastfeeding

Women are much more likely to breastfeed for longer when they have their partner’s support.

Ways dads and partners can help with breastfeeding:

Go to antenatal or breastfeeding sessions

Some sessions are organised especially for dads. Ask your midwife or at your local Children’s Centre for further details.

Give emotional and practical support

Try to make time for each other when you can. Do little things to make each other feel cared for and included.

Arrange paternity leave

Talk to your employer about paternity leave early on so you can plan how this best suits your family needs.

Make her life easier

For example, bring her dinner if the baby wants to feed at the same time, bring her a cup of tea and a magazine, or perhaps arrange for family or friends to keep her company while you’re at work.

Do your bit around the home

Then your partner can focus on caring for your baby and getting breastfeeding off to a good start.

Provide some stress relief

If you already have young children, take the stress away from mum by keeping them entertained while she feeds the baby.

Get involved in your baby’s care

Giving your baby their bath, changing nappies and being part of getting ready for bed are great ways of getting close to your baby.

Give your baby a bottle of breast milk

After a few weeks, if your partner begins to express her breast milk, you could give your baby a bottle of breastmilk.