Every woman’s breastfeeding journey is unique to them. On this page you will find a large list of places to refer to for support.
Those initial boobing weeks are hard- physically and emotionally. There are many resources out there to help support and guide you as you start on your journey and this page aims to consolidate as many as possible.
Breastfeeding Support Websites
La Leche League GB -meet ups, one to one support, peer supporters, Facebook groups
Breastfeeding Phone Numbers
NCT Breastfeeding Line: 0300 3300771
(8am – midnight, 7 days a week)
ABM Helpline: 0300 330 5453
NHS Direct: 0845 4647
General Cafe websites to find a potential local cafe:Baby Cafe (trading name under NCT)Medela Live breastfeeding Cafe through social media
For breastfeeding support drop-ins or cafes refer to local borough or council’s websites. Ask midwives or Health Visitors for known local support. Some are run independently by local breastfeeding counsellors or peer supporters and others by health visiting teams themselves.
“The Baby Sleep Guide” a wonderful book filled with ideas on how to avoid poor sleep associations. Written by a mum of triplets who breastfed. However, I would say I personally ignored the boobing to sleep section. I am defintely all about the boobing to sleep and unlatching when they are super sleepy and you feel they have had the best feed possible.
Safe sleep information can be found on the Lullaby Trust
Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women and the second most common cancer overall. There were over 2 million new cases in 2018 with the UK being ranked 8 in the world with the number of cases found.
In the UK, 1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime. Four hundred men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Breast Cancer Support
You can organise a reminder to check your norks through Coppa Feel here.
NHS Breast Cancer in Men Charities
Listed below are some charities working to support cancer patients.
CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren. Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23.
Look Good Feel Better
LGFB is an international (the only) cancer support charity that helps people manage the visible side effect of cancer treatment.
“Our free confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are held across the UK for people undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Led by LGFB Beauty Volunteers, the sessions are an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation whilst being taught vital skills such as how to draw on missing eyebrows and eyelashes.
We’ve also created lots of online tutorials for those who are unable to attend one of our sessions or who would like some extra advice.”
Future Dreams charity aims, with funding, to provide support for breast cancer patients with a focus on secondary breast cancer. Currently, breast cancer haven is providing free 1-1 support at The Whittington and UCLH hospitals in London. Their long term aim is to open Future Dreams House. The new London home to Breast Cancer Haven.
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care combine personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise. They provide information on living with and beyond breast cancer, offering emotional and practical support through services and their helpline:
0808 800 6000
They also bring people together and campaign to improve the standards of support and care.
Pink Ribbon Foundation
“Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer, or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment.”
Trekstock aims at helping people in their 20s and 30s who are diagnosed with cancer to get moving again.
“Trekstock delivers practical and social support programmes tailored to the needs of young adults, to give them a better chance of living well through and beyond cancer.
All of our programmes are developed in collaboration with the people we support and work to improve their physical and psychological wellbeing, their quality of life and provide them with the tools they need to get moving again through and beyond treatment.”
Founder, Naomi, is a trained Primary teacher with 10 years experience in the classroom, she has seen how girls are affected by body image. Breasts are a small issue in what is a large issue with body image but still, they cause girls much worry and concern. This then continues with women as they move into adulthood. This could be because of an on-going struggle with a woman’s perception of themselves or it could be as a result of breastfeeding or breast Cancer.
“Each year Girlguiding carries out a piece of research called the Girls’ Attitudes Survey (GAS). In 2017 it showed that 52% of girls aged 11-21 had seen airbrushed images in the media that made them feel pressured to look different. How can we expect girls to believe there is more to them than their appearance if what they hear in the media is that how they look is more important than what they have achieved?”
Dove and the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts launched a free being me peer education pack in 2014.The pack covers ‘image myth’ and helps girls understand that their bodies are great because of what they can do. So far it has been delivered to more than 224 000 girls worldwide through Guide and Brownie units.
Girlguiding is also a proud supporter of Be Real, a national campaign calling for people to think more realistically about bodies. Be Real.
“The Be Real Campaign is determined to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies. It is a national movement made up of individuals, schools, businesses, charities and public bodies.”The Be Real Campaign encourages parents to set a postive example. It also asks schools to adopt a whole-school approach. It then finally asks young people to support each other to be body confident.BBC Body Image Story- Kate
The BBC shares some body image advice here.
“A negative body image is not about vanity. It can often be about insecurity and low self-esteem.
We are encouraged to compare ourselves to photoshopped and filtered pictures in the media and on social media. It can be really easy to start feeling unhappy with your appearance based on these unrealistic images.”
Almost 2,000 body image counselling sessions were delivered to girls last year by Childline
“Young people counselled about about body image revealed they struggled with self esteem issues, depression and eating discorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Body image issues were made worse when bullying happened at school and online, driving some young people to try and change the way they look.
Exposure to ‘body perfect’ images on TV, in magazines and across social media is cited as one of the reasons why girls in particular are so unhappy with their appearance.”How you can help
Dove’s advice for building up girls’ and women’s confidence:
Focus on what our bodies can do rather than on how they look
Focus on women’s achievements and promote this rather than how they look
Use social media to promote diverse images of women and call out narrow beauty ideals
Lobby politicians, government and regulators to promote body confidence and avoid adverts that promote unrealistic beauty standards, gender stereotypes, sexualisation and objectification of girls and women; and end discrimination based on appearance such as body weight and size. Ask schools to promote body confidence