Breastfeeding Help at Local Support Groups

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If you are a member of our ever-growing community of breastfeeding mums on social media, you will already know how much we love to chat about the benefits of breastfeeding, share advice, breastfeeding help and the general loveliness of nursing for both mum and baby. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are always busy with mums sharing their tips, difficulties, questions and general experiences of breastfeeding.

In a survey we commissioned last year, we found out just how helpful discussing and sharing honest advice between mums can be. The study, completed by 2000 mums revealed that an overwhelming 76% believed that speaking with other mums at their local Breastfeeding Support Group helped to reassure them and support their feeding journey.

But just how can attending a Breastfeeding Support Group help support your own breastfeeding experience? Well, luckily we asked the 76% of mums to tell us, here are just some of the responses…

  • “Oh my goodness in every way.  What is normal, what isn't, tips and tricks to make life easier, reassurance and comfort that 'I’m doing it right', access to trained support workers and Lactation Consultants re tongue tie - all fab!”
  •  “I learnt that almost everyone has difficulty in some way, giving me the courage to plough through the tough times. It is also rewarding to support other mums. I made friendships too and also sought advice on weaning.”
  • “I got specialist support from the trained leader of the group when I needed it. It was a good morale booster meeting with other breastfeeding mums. I learnt from questions people had and shared what I knew. Our conversations increased the value of breastfeeding to me and I also made new friends that I met up with beyond the group. They were a bastion of breastfeeding support I felt I could count on whenever needed.”
  • “Gave me reassurance that growth spurts and cluster feeds were normal. Also helped me practically to get a good latch and try different positions.”
  • “Attending a Breastfeeding Support Group is the only reason I managed to carry on!”
  • “It just became normal and I think it might have been lonely not knowing others doing the same thing. It was always a guaranteed happy point in the week to chat about important or not so important things. It's important to share your support too which I enjoyed.”
  • “It helped me get through the toughest time of my life. I wanted to give up most days and going to support groups and speaking to people got me through each feed. I'm still feeding now at 13 months.”
  • “I gained an amazing network of wonderful like-minded friends and we are still all very close four years later.”
  •  “It helped me meet other like-minded people, gave me the confidence to breastfeed in public and let me have informal contact/chat with health professionals who guided me to seek help for PND. Without that support I would probably not be here, far less still breastfeeding at 14 months and a peer supporter myself.”
  • “I got assistance with latch issues along with re-assurance that things were normal. It was a place where I could turn up and cry if I was having a bad time, but also a place to make new friendships (and eat great homemade cake!).”
  • “Gave me more confidence in myself and feeding my baby, in particular breastfeeding in public.”
  • “Oh my goodness in every way.  What is normal, what isn't, tips and tricks to make life easier, reassurance and comfort that 'I’m doing it right', access to trained support workers and Lactation Consultants re tongue tie - all fab!”

Have you attended a Breastfeeding Support Group? Did you have a particularly helpful experience? Would you recommend your support group to others? Let us know by commenting below or visiting our Facebook page here.