However you choose to feed your baby is your decision but it is so important that mums are able to access good quality breastfeeding support in Exeter so they can reach their personal goals.
Breastfeeding Support in Exeter
Your Midwife and Health Visitor should be your first port of call with breastfeeding queries. They will be able to give you advice and support as needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to ask for a different Midwife or Health Visitor if you are not happy with the support you are being given.
If you would like more support with feeding your baby, there are lots of groups in Exeter for nursing mothers. Some groups are breastfeeding specific, often run by volunteers who are nursing mums themselves and are trained breastfeeding peer supporters.
These groups are a fantastic source of breastfeeding tips. They are great for on going support, particularly when there is nothing “wrong” but you need a bit of moral comfort, a friendly person to chat to and reassurance that you are doing it “right”.
Other clinics are run by the Children’s Centres and will have paid staff who have additional training to support nursing mothers as part of their wider job.
Currently there are groups providing Breastfeeding Support in Exeter:
Beacon Heath on a Monday
St Thomas on a Tuesday – dedicated breastfeeding group, other support available at baby clinics below
City Centre on a Tuesday
Whipton on a Wednesday
Ladysmith on a Thursday
Countess Wear on a Thursday
Wonford on a Friday
St Thomas / Exwick breastfeeding support:
Monday – 3.30-4.30 – Family Health/Baby Clinic with Breastfeeding Support, West Exe Children’s Centre, Cowick Street.
Wednesday – 9.30-11.15 – Family Health/Baby Clinic with Breastfeeding Support, West Exe Children’s Centre, Cowick Street.
Thursday – 9.30-10.30 – Family Health/Baby Clinic with Breastfeeding Support, Exwick Community Centre, Kinnerton Way, EX4 2PR.
If you need urgent support outside group times, there are several places you can look.
Exeter Breastfeeding Mums on Facebook is a friendly group.
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers connects people to a breastfeeding counsellor in their region for support and information. Open every day, 9.30 am – 10.30 pm.
The Breastfeeding Network offers free, confidential telephone information on breastfeeding and one-to-one local support. Open every day 9.30am to 9.30pm.
BfN Supporterline in Bengali / Sylheti: 0300 456 2421
La Leche League
La Leche League helpline offering advice and information on breastfeeding, plus local group meetings. Puts you in touch with a local counsellor. 24 hour help line but please remember volunteers have families too so only call late at night/early in the morning if it is really urgent.
National Childbirth Trust
The National Childbirth Trust has trained breastfeeding counsellors who can offer individual advice and support.
www.nct.org.uk is the main site where visitors can order a free magazine with breastfeeding info in it, and you can find local breastfeeding support groups here.
Helpline: 0300 330 0771 8am – midnight, 7 days a week)