We don’t expect you to manage breastfeeding alone which is why there are a number of local support and advice channels available in the Dudley borough for new and expecting families.
Volunteer breastfeeding buddies are local mums with experience of breastfeeding who have been trained to give support and confidence to new mums who want to breastfeed. To contact a volunteer breastfeeding buddy please ring the Buddy Service Helpline on 01384 81 4545
Where to find help
Dudley Buddy Support Helpline
01384 814 545
Monday – Friday
9.45am – 1.45pm
National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212
La Leche League
0845 120 2918
National Childbirth Trust
0300 33 00 771
The Breastfeeding Network
0300 100 0210
bestbeginnings.co.uk – for lots of tips on giving your baby the best start to life http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/why-breastfeed.aspx#close – for further information about breastfeeding and why it’s important
Maternity Infant Feeding Assistants
MIFAs are available in the hospital at the ante natal, diabetic clinics. They will help you get started and then pass you over to the Community and Volunteer Buddies. You can ask to see one once you’ve had your baby.
There are lots of groups that support new mums, please ask your Buddy or Health Visitor for your nearest group.
Dudley children’s centres welcome breastfeeding mothers and several run baby groups welcoming all mothers. Please contact your nearest children’s centre for more information
Breast Start – Download the NHS app for smart phone Find places in Dudley where breastfeeding is welcome, additional breastfeeding information and local support groups from your phone.
Eat well, Be active
A healthy diet can help keep you well and give your baby the best start in life. For a guide to eating well during pregnancy, read our article. For local information on activities and events happening near you, free healthy cooking sessions, healthier options when eating out and other interesting articles on nutrition and physical activity visit www.lets-get.com. ‘Let’s get’ is Dudley Council’s campaign to encourage and support people to eat well and be active in the borough
Making healthy choices during pregnancy is absolutely the best thing to do for both you and your baby – for advice and information have a look at our website www.dudleystopsmoking.co.uk/pregnancy-and-children/Bloomin-magazine/