Breastfeeding in Bristol

Breastfeeding in Bristol

Feeding and nurturing your baby

Information on feeding and nurturing your baby:

Support with feeding your baby

Your midwife, health visitor, Children’s Centre and peer supporter are trained to support you with feeding your baby. Your GP can support your medical needs.

You also can be referred for specialist support if needed.

Local support

Breastfeeding support groups

All face to face support groups are currently closed, due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can still get support online and over the phone, including online support groups and one to one sessions via Zoom or similar.

Details are in these documents:

Groups in the city provide 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.

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:

You can see a breastfeeding counsellor at some of the drop-in groups.

Bristol Breastfeeding Mummies

Bristol Breastfeeding Mummies is a volunteer-run Facebook group where you can get informal support and encouragement. 

Breastfeeding support video

The ‘Bristol Breastfeeding Community’ short video, shows 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.

To hire an electric breast pump please contact a counsellor for further information.

National support

National breastfeeding helpline
Telephone: 0300 100 0212
Lines are open 9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week.

The breastfeeding network lets you talk online to a breastfeeding counsellor.

The Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend can answer questions at any time. It’s available on: 

  • Facebook Messenger
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant

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.

NCT: support for all parents, however you feed your baby
Feeding support line: 0300 330 0771 (option 1)
8am to 12am

La Leche League helpline
Telephone: 0845 120 2918

Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme

The Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme aims to support mothers to breastfeed when they're out and about with their babies.

Hundreds of local venues and services, including cafes, restaurants, buses, visitor attractions and community settings have signed up to the scheme to demonstrate that they’re breastfeeding friendly. Look out for the Breastfeeding Welcome logo when you’re out and about.

Become a Breastfeeding Welcome venue

By joining the scheme, you will benefit from:

  • access to more families
  • knowing 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
  • uphold a woman’s right to breastfeed by ensuring that if someone complains, the complainant is moved, not the mother

Join the scheme

If you would like to join our Bristol Breastfeeding welcome scheme email to:

  • confirm that you will comply with the above criteria
  • provide us with your postal address so that we can add you to our list of breastfeeding friendly venues
  • let us know if you'd like us to send you posters and stickers to display (alternatively, you can download and print these yourself but you’ll still need to email us with the above information)

Downloadable Breastfeeding Welcome posters to display:

Breastfeeding at study or work

Advice for you to keep breastfeeding

See the NHS Breastfeeding at study to work flyer on how you can keep breastfeeding at study or work.

Advice for employers

The ACAS guide on Accommodating breastfeeding employees in the workplace shows how you can support employees breastfeeding in the workplace.

Bristol Breastfeeding Support service

Our trained breastfeeding supporters provide a respectful, supportive service and have lots of experience in helping mothers to feed their babies. The service offers extra breastfeeding support to parents who live in the following areas of the city:

  • Avonmouth
  • Bishopsworth
  • Hartcliffe
  • Henbury
  • Hengrove
  • Knowle West
  • Lawrence Weston
  • Southmead
  • Stockwood
  • Whitchurch Park

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 health visitor.

For more information:

Breastfeeding Team privacy notice

You can view our privacy notice on the Public Health privacy page

Infant feeding and Nurture information