Breastfeeding in Bristol
Best beginnings have created a series of videos to help new, and soon-to-be, parents. You can view them on the following pages on their web site:
- Watch from bump to breastfeeding
- Watch small wonders online. For parents with a sick or pre-term baby.
- Baby communication
- Baby Buddy mobile phone app
Find information and support
National breastfeeding helpline
Telephone: 0300 100 0212
Lines are open 9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week.
The breastfeeding network allows you to talk online to a breastfeeding counsellor.
Health Links support and information for mothers who do not speak English.
Telephone: 0117 902 7115 or 07900 264 435
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Languages spoken: Somali, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. Other languages are available by arrangement.
Breastfeeding Network Supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti.
Telephone: 0300 456 2421
Lines are open 9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week. If a volunteer is not available to take your call, leave a message and someone will get back to you.
National Childbirth Trust helpline
Telephone: 0300 330 0771
La Leche League helpline
Telephone: 0845 120 2918
Bristol: a 'Baby Friendly' city
Bristol became the first 'baby friendly' city in England and Wales in March 2010. This means that all maternity, health visiting and peer support staff as well as many Children Centre workers are trained to support mothers with the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative best practice standards for breast and bottle feeding. Staff receive regular updates and services are audited every year. From time to time all services have an external assessment of standards.
Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme
Find a breastfeeding friendly place
For some mothers breastfeeding away from the home is a concern. You can be assured that the law is on your side; breastfeeding friendly places in Bristol (pdf, 409k) (opens new window) is a list of over 320 local premises as well as First buses, that support Bristol mothers to breastfeed when they are out and about with their babies in Bristol.
Become a breastfeeding friendly place
By joining the scheme, you will benefit from:
- Access to more families.
- Free advertising on our website and in a local leaflet.
- Know that you are doing your bit towards a healthier Bristol by supporting breastfeeding.
By joining the scheme, you agree to:
- Ensure all your staff know about the scheme.
- Display a Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome scheme window sticker or poster.
- Find a mother a quiet corner if she requests it.
- Uphold a woman’s right to breastfeed by ensuring that if someone complains, the complainant is moved, not the mother.
If you would like to join the Bristol Breastfeeding welcome scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a network of trained breastfeeding counsellors who provide telephone support and occasional home visits. They are volunteers who have undergone several years of training. You can have support from them even if you don’t belong to their organisation.
To hire an electric breast pump please contact a counsellor for further information.
Breastfeeding support groups
There are groups throughout the city providing on-going breastfeeding support to mothers. They may be attended by peer supporters, breastfeeding counsellors, children’s centre staff or NHS staff from midwifery or health visiting teams. Some groups offer a crèche and most offer refreshments.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are very welcome at any of the groups below. If you are attending a group for the first time, you may want to check that it’s running that day by phoning the contact as details can occasionally change:
- Bristol (pdf, 116k) (opens new window) (opens new window)
- North Somerset (pdf, 339k) (opens new window)
- South Gloucestershire (pdf, 138k) (opens new window)
Breastfeeding support video
In this ‘Bristol Breastfeeding Community’ short video, parents in South Bristol talk about the importance of the support they’ve received from family, friends, breastfeeding groups and when feeding out and about.
Bristol Breastfeeding Peer Support service
We commissioned a service that is run by Barnardo's and has been successfully supporting mothers since 2010. The service offers extra breastfeeding support to teenage parents and parents who live in the following areas of the city: Avonmouth, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe, Henbury, Hengrove, Knowle West, Lawrence Weston, Southmead, Stockwood and Whitchurch Park. Find out more about the peer support service on the Barnardo's website.
A peer supporter is a mother who has breastfed her baby and has undertaken a short course in breastfeeding. She can provide you with extra support, information and help before and after your baby is born. You may also meet volunteer peer supporters in breastfeeding support groups, in hospital or on a local facebook page. To contact your local peer supporter, ask your midwife or phone 0117 9580320.
Like us on Facebook
You can find a variety of hints, tips, links and even some humour on our Bristol Breastfeeding Facebook page.
Nutritional guidance for mums and newborns up to five years
- Pre-conception and pregnancy nutritional guideline (pdf, 4.7MB) (opens new window)
- Comparison breastmilk vs formula (pdf, 3.2MB) (opens new window)
- Infant feeding - birth to 1 year of age (pdf, 5.2MB) (opens new window)
- Feeding toddlers to preschool - 1 to 5 years of age (pdf, 4.7MB) (opens new window)
- Food portion book 1-5 years (pdf, 2.3MB) (opens new window)
- Introduction to maternal and childrens nutrition guide with info about Bristol (pdf, 3.9MB) (opens new window)
- Simple formula guide
Elsewhere on the web
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Go to http://abm.me.uk/ (opens new window)
- Best Beginnings: Breastfeeding Go to http://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/breastfeeding (opens new window)
- Bliss: for premature and special care babies Go to http://www.bliss.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Breastfeeding Network Go to http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Caroline Walker Trust Go to http://www.cwt.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- First Steps Nutrition Trust Go to http://www.firststepsnutrition.org/ (opens new window)
- La Leche League GB Go to http://www.laleche.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Go to http://www.nct.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- NHS Choices: breastfeeding help and support Go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-help-support.aspx (opens new window)
- North Bristol NHS: Precious Drops Milk Bank (Southmead Hospital) Go to http://www.nbt.nhs.uk/maternity-services/feeding-your-baby/precious-drops-milk-bank (opens new window)
- Twins and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA) Go to https://www.tamba.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Unicef UK: Baby Friendly Initiative Go to http://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/ (opens new window)
- Off to the best start: important information about feeding your baby (pdf, 1.2MB) (opens new window)
- Breastfeeding at study or work: information for employees and employers (pdf, 182k) (opens new window)
- Caring for your baby at night: a guide for parents (pdf, 1.1MB) (opens new window)
- A guide to bottle feeding: how to prepare infant formula (pdf, 4.1MB) (opens new window)
- Introducing solid foods: giving your baby a better start in life (pdf, 4.5MB) (opens new window)
- Weaning: Food Fact Sheet from the British Dietetic Association (pdf, 476k) (opens new window)
- Building a happy baby: A guide for parents (pdf, 1.1MB) (opens new window)