The following are a list of the national organisations in the UK which offer support on infant feeding issues. Online and digital resources to support families can be found in our webpage ‘Resources for Parents‘.
National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 Funded by Public Health England and the Scottish Government, the National Breastfeeding Helpline offers independent, non-judgmental support from trained volunteers. The Helpline operates from 9:30am to 9:30pm every day of the year and the number is available in the Child Health Record (the ‘Red Book’).
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) A charity which trains breastfeeding peer supporters, breastfeeding counsellors and health professionals and provides a range of information on breastfeeding issues. Support options are listed here.
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) A charity which trains peer supporters and breastfeeding supporters who work in locations nationwide. It also provides breastfeeding factsheets and runs the Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service, providing evidence based information on the safety of drugs in lactation via email and a dedicated Facebook page. Support options are listed here.
La Leche League (LLLGB) A charity providing breastfeeding support from trained breastfeeding counsellors (known as LLL Leaders) via telephone (including a national helpline), online, and through a network of local support groups. LLLGB also provides extensive information on breastfeeding problems. Support options are listed here.
The NCT A charity which trains peer supporters and breastfeeding counsellors, runs antenatal and postnatal classes and provides information on a range of maternity and parenting issues, including infant feeding. Support options are listed here and include the Baby Café network.
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB) The professional organisation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). IBCLCs use their specialist skills within the NHS including in service lead roles, infant feeding clinical education, and many deliver specialist services supporting mothers and babies with complex feeding situations. There are also IBCLCs working in private practice. The LCGB site includes a directory of IBCLCS working across the UK and a link to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Registry where professional certification can be verified.
The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) The UK branch of the accreditation programme of Unicef/World Health Organisation, designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care. The website includes links to support for parents, resources for healthcare professionals and research.
Tamba Breastfeeding Twins and Multiples Peer Support Service Tamba can connect parents of multiples to accredited NCT Peer Supporters.
Association of Tongue-Tie Practitioners Includes a directory of practitioners who can assess for and divide tongue-tie. Use the drop-down menu to locate NHS or private practitioners by region.
United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB) A charity that supports human milk banking in the UK, contributes to guidance on milk banking, support for milk bank staff and is working towards a national donor breastmilk service. Milk Bank locations across the UK can be found here.
UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service (UKDILAS) Provided by UKMi (part of the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service) supporting safe use of medicines during breastfeeding. Every drug within the BNF has been risk assessed and individual drug entries included on the website. More detailed information is provided for some medicines via UKMi Q&As.