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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. Getting out of the house can be tricky, never mind feeling confident enough to meet new people!

Local breastfeeding support groups

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 to expect at a breastfeeding support group

There are many different types of breastfeeding support groups. Some are run by charities, such as NCT, but most are run by your local midwife or health visitor.

Your local breastfeeding support group

breastfeeding support group
Your local group might meet in a health centre, community building or cafe. Whatever type is available to you, they're all a great way to 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.

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.

Now use our tool on the next page to search for a breastfeeding support group near you!

The National Breastfeeding Helpline

Call 0300 100 0212 whenever you need breastfeeding support and information.

National breastfeeding helpline

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 helpline is open on 0300 100 0212 every single day of the year, 9.30am-9.30pm. 
A webchat service is also available here.