When you are anxious and confused, Google is not your friend.
Knowing where to look for good quality information really helps parents to be their own advocate. So whether you need it for yourself, or to support someone else, these are the places I start my searches.
- 1:1 support
- Breastfeeding organisations
There are many people out there who might be able to offer support outside of your initial healthcare team. Some will be voluntary (free) others will have a fee.
An International Board Certified Lacation Consultant (IBCLC) will have had the most training, you can find many (but not all) in the UK here.
They are usually healthcare professionals, and will visit you in hospital and at home. Some hospitals even have inhouse staff with this expertise.
A note: there are other supporters out there who may have the same, if not more training than an IBCLC, with other titles, like breastfeeding specialist. Some of these people will be worth their weight in gold, sometimes not. It can help to have a recommendation from a friend 🙂
Be wise and follow your instincts.
Breastfeeding counsellors are trained by one of the four charities mentioned below, and are usually experienced parents (often mothers). Most will offer help over the phone, some run local groups too. Find a breastfeeding counsellor near you by googling ‘breastfeeding support’ & ‘your town’.
Peer supporters are often also parents with personal experience breastfeeding, trained within a local hospital to then volunteer. There are other organisations that also have peer support programs and work differently.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline (Breastfeeding Network & Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM)) 0300 100 0212
La Leche League (LLLGB) 03451 202918
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) 0300 330 0700
UK breastfeeding organisations
There are four national UK Breastfeeding organisations, there may be more local to you though. Each of these have helplines, online chat and email functions. Many have local groups and meetings on top of lots of online information.
La Leche Leauge Great Britain (LLLGB) – UK branch of the International breastfeeding Charity
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM)
National Child Birth Trust
Start your searches for infant feeding answers here. You will thank me.
All of the following websites have a wealth of information / blogs online.
Most of your questions will find answers here!
If I missed out your favourite, please add it in the comments
Breastfeeding.support – UK based IBCLC
Kelly Mom – American based IBCLC
Milk Meg -Australian based IBCLC
Hospital Infant Feeding Network
GP Infant Feeding Network – UK based GPs!
La Leche Leauge – International breastfeeding charity
You probably don’t need to spend much time with me to learn that I love a book. Whilst having the information available in handy internet links is helpful, the experience is different with a book.
Many of these books will contain the gems of information you need to answer immediate questions and to reassure you. Reading books with little people around is hard, many parents literally take what they need from them and then put them down again.
Other parents will buy all the books and end up starting a client library to lend… 😉
General breastfeeding books
You’ve Got it in You: A Positive Guide to Breast Feeding – Emma Pickett
Breastfeeding and Medication – Wendy Jones
Why Mothers’ Medication Matters – Wendy Jones (shorter read)
The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence – Amy Brown
Why Breastfeeding Matters – Charlotte Young
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International
Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond – Hilary Flower
With black parents in mind
Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers – Jeanine Valrie Logan
The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy – Kimberly Seals Allers
The Mini Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guidebook for Black Women (The Mocha Manual 4) – Kimberly Seals Allers
The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members – Kimberly Seals Allers
Coming soon –
I am Not your Baby Mother – Candice Brathwaite
With Islamic parents in mind
Breastfeeding in Ramadan: A Guide for Fasting Mothers – Latonia Anthony
Coming soon –
The Practical Guide to Breastfeeding in Islam – Latonia Anthony
Adoption & Induced Lactation
Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances – Alyssa Schnell
Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad – Trevor MacDonald
Milk supply issues
Finding sufficiency : Breastfeeding with insufficient glandular tissue – Diana Cassar-Uhl
Coming in 2020 a book on relaction by Lucy Ruddle IBCLC –
Holistic Sleep Coaching: Gentle Alternatives to Sleep Training for Health and Childcare Professionals – Lyndsey Hookway
Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters – Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family – La Leche League International
Boobin’ All Day Boobin’ All Night: A Gentle Approach to Sleep For Breastfeeding Families – Meg Nagle IBCLC
Birth & body autonomy
The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks – Milli Hill
The Microbiome Effect: How Your Baby’s Birth Influences Their Future Health – Alex Wakeford
Period Power – Maisie Hill
The Breast Book: A puberty guide with a difference – it’s the when, why and how of breasts – Emma Pickett
Crying Babies and Food: In the early years – Maureen Minchin
Infant Formula and Modern Epidemics: The milk hypothesis – Maureen Minchin
The Busy Parent’s Guide To Food Allergies: Everything you need to know about cow’s milk allergy and other childhood food allergies – Mrs Zoe T Williams
Why Babywearing Matters – Rosie Knowles
How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 – Joanna Faber
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame – Janet Lansbury
The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy – Kimberly Seals Allers
Social & political
The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business – Gabrielle Palmer
(short, hand size version)
Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter – Gabrielle Palmer
Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We Feed Our Babies? – Amy Brown
The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding – Kimberly Seals Allers
Breastfeeding supporters / specialists
The Breastfeeding Atlas – Barbara Wilson-Clay
Supporting Sucking Skills In Breastfeeding Infants – Catherine Watson Genna
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Enhanced Fifth Edition – Karen Wambach
Milk Matters: Infant feeding & immune disorder – Maureen Minchin