Breastfeeding your baby

Breastfeeding is recognised internationally as the best way to provide babies with complete nutrition until they are about 6 months old as well as supporting good emotional development between baby and mother.

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Breastfeeding worries or concerns

Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Many mums wonder if their baby is feeding well and getting enough milk - especially during the first few days. It is important to remember that it can take a while to feel confident about breastfeeding but you are not alone. Your midwife and health visitor are there to help, guide and support you. There is also additional advice available online or from support groups, helplines and websites.

If you have any breastfeeding worries or concerns, the best thing to do is speak to your midwife or health visitor or join a local breastfeeding support group. You can drop into any of the baby hubs across South Gloucestershire to meet other parents, talk to one of the health visiting team or get support for feeding your baby. Visit the baby hubs Facebook page for a list of South Gloucestershire baby hubs.

What extra support for breastfeeding is available and how to get it

Barnados co-ordinates the South Gloucestershire breastfeeding support service which is commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council Public Health.

The service gives support for women in South Gloucestershire at regular groups.

Online infant feeding support: Our experienced and friendly team will offer information and support to help you however you are feeding your baby.

We offer a free service to local families and provide:

  • One to one online sessions with trained infant feeding practitioners. 
  • A non-judgmental friendly team and a safe, supportive space
  • Assistance with any feeding questions or  challenges you might have.
  • Help finding further specialist support should you need it.
  • Language translators on request.

This service is available Mon-Fri. To book your video call or to view available time slots, please visit the website: 

or scan the QR code below:

QR code for Barnados breastfeeding service

In case of technical difficulties where contact with an administrator is required you can call/text 07593 685617 or email Please note this email/number is not for feeding support.

Support groups

Throughout South Gloucestershire there are breastfeeding groups which offer a social and supportive space.   All groups welcome mothers doing any amount of breastfeeding and you can drop in any time. There are also two breastfeeding counsellors who attend the groups most weeks.

You are free to drop in at a location that suits you.  Groups welcome siblings, partners, grandparents and friends and offer a drop in environment.

If you are expecting, do feel free to go along and have a chat with the group before your breastfeeding journey begins.

You do not need to be in need of support, you can join a meeting to meet other mums, share your own experiences and any useful tips.

Breastfeeding friendly establishments

If you are breastfeeding your baby when you are out and about, you will probably find that most of the time, nobody even notices. South Gloucestershire Council is committed to making breastfeeding the norm, and aims to create environments that promote, protect and support breastfeeding. 

The ‘Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme’ is supported by many establishments who have committed to being welcoming to breastfeeding mums and families.

Find out more about the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme in our article on Breastfeeding friendly establishments.

Find breastfeeding friendly establishments in our local directory.

National breastfeeding helpline

You can contact the helpline for independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.

Tel: 0300 100 0122 Lines are open 9.30am to 9.30pm, every day of the year.

There are two videos on the Best Beginnings website aimed at helping new and soon-to-be parents.

Restarting breastfeeding

You can restart breastfeeding at any point.  The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers information on Restarting breastfeeding after a gap is a good place to begin.

Other helpful information about breastfeeding

The following leaflets give useful advice

Other local support

Bristol Breastfeeding Mummies Facebook page provides information and support for those in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas.  If you would like to find out more and read the posts on this page you can request to join the group.

Donor milk

Some mothers also choose to give their babies donor milk.  Ideally, this is obtained from a milk bank where milk is screened and carefully prepared.  Visit the UKAMB website for more information.  The Precious Drops Milk Bank at Southmead Hospital in Bristol is one of the 15 UK milk banks and the only one in the South West.