If you wish to access antenatal courses, breastfeeding groups, 1 to 1 breastfeeding support and more, please contact your local Children’s Centre. You can find your nearest centre by using the postcode checker on our home page here: https://bhamforwardsteps.co.uk/
When you are discharged from hospital and you are home with your baby you may have questions and need support to get baby attached effectively to ensure a successful breastfeed.
Birmingham Forward Steps Antenatal Infant Feeding Workers are available to support, motive and empower you along your breastfeeding journey from those vitally important early days and beyond.
All mothers are welcome to access support at home, via the Breastfeeding Lounges that run Monday to Friday either face-to-face and/or virtually across the city. All services are provided via the Children Centres so click on the link above to find your local centre.
At times some mothers and/or babies may face particular challenges and will require extra help with breastfeeding and maintaining lactation. The Infant Feeding Leads within the Maternity units provide ‘specialist’ support to meet those complex needs.
If you are still under Midwifery care contact your Midwife using the contact number you were provided on discharge from hospital. If your baby is over 14 days old, speak with your Health Visitor.
If you need to be seen by the Infant Feeding Lead a triage call will take place solutions offered over the phone in the first instance. In the event that you and baby need to be seen back at the hospital that will be arranged to ensure you get the support and help you need.
Maternity Unit details below:
Good Hope Hospital – Direct referral ONLY by Community Midwife or Health Visitor Monday afternoon specialist clinic
Heartlands Hospital – Direct referral ONLY by Community Midwife or Health Visitor for Monday afternoon specialist clinic
City Hospital – Infant Feeding Team Call 07816061633 to access services Mon-Thurs 07.30-17.00. Drop-in clinics, Telephone and Video support
Birmingham Womens – Antenatal Infant Feeding Workshop’s Wednesdays 6pm-8pm via Eventbrite. Support 07770542174 Mondays. 07788361515 Text Only
National Breastfeeding Support services:
The following can provide support and can help you find a peer supporter too.
National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212* available 9.30am to 9.30pm 365 days a year available in (English, Welsh and Polish)
National Childbirth Trust Helpline 0300 330 0771*
www.nct.org.uk (Option 1 for Infant Feeding Line)
La Leche League 0345 120 2918*
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti 0300 456 2421
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453