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.

Breastfeeding Helplines

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.

Helpline: 0300 330 5453  www.abm.me.uk  Email  Live Chat *times vary*


Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network offers free, confidential telephone information on breastfeeding and one-to-one local support.  Open every day 9.30am to 9.30pm.

Helpline: 0300 100 0210 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk    Live Chat *times may vary*
Drugs In Breastmilk Helpline 0844 412 4665

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.

Helpline: 0845 120 2918  www.laleche.org.uk  Online support request


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)