Breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily, it’s something you and your baby both have to learn to do together. This can be very overwhelming, but don’t worry, you are not alone. There are lots of different places you can turn to for advice.
- Talk to your partner, although they probably won’t be able to give you advice, just having their support and encouragement can be very comforting.
- Talk to friends or family who have breastfed, you’ll be surprised how many have gone through the same things.
- Talk to other mums on the Essex Mums forum who have been through similar experiences.
- Talk to your Midwife or Health Visitor, it’s their job to make sure you are coping ok and if they can’t help you themselves, they should be able to give you advice about groups etc that you can go to.
- Find out about what services your local Children’s Centre offers. You can find your nearest centre here.
- Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. They also have a web chat service.
- The Association of Breastfeeding mothers is a Charity run by mothers for mothers. They also have a helpline 08444 122 949 and a web chat service.
- The breastfeeding network helpline is 0300 100 0210
- La Leche League can give advice on 0845 120 2918
Remember, help is always available and there will come a time where it will all seem so easy.