Pregnant? Want to find out about feeding your baby?
You have all the information you need on this page to help support you with breastfeeding and discover the local support available to help you give your baby the best start in life.
At around 32 - 34 weeks of your pregnancy, your community midwife will have a conversation with you about feeding your baby.
While Wolverhampton’s face-to-face breastfeeding antenatal sessions are not going ahead due to covid, why not download and view the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s “Feeding your baby – virtual antenatal workshop” in preparation for this conversation?
Within the presentation there is a range of helpful information for you, your partner and family about breastfeeding your baby and preparing for the early days.
To access the presentation, and for more information about any part of the Virtual Breastfeeding Antenatal Workshop presentation, please see our Infant Feeding Team webpages.
It is with regret that all face to face breastfeeding support groups are postponed across the City.
Following guidance from the Department of Health, the situation is being reviewed and updated on a weekly basis, so please continue to check this webpage regularly.
Wolverhampton’s ‘virtual’ breastfeeding support and social groups
Many pregnant women find it very helpful to attend a breastfeeding support group before the birth of their baby, to talk to other mothers, ask questions and meet breastfeeding supporters.
New mothers also value support groups to gain practical breastfeeding support and information from peer supporters, and to meet other mothers to share their experiences.
While face to face groups are not running due to Covid-19, you can access our 'virtual' breastfeeding groups online, which are being run by The Breastfeeding Network via Zoom, on a Tuesday and Thursday morning each week from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Please see the downloads section of this page for more details.
If you are working, you may be able to ask your workplace for time off work to ‘attend’ one or more group sessions if they’ve been recommended by a health professional - ask your doctor or midwife for details.
For more information and to book a place onto one of the sessions, visit Wolverhampton Virtual Breastfeeding Group's Facebook page or email email@example.com
Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers
If you are pregnant or a new mother, you can sign up to a free text message service known as ‘Flo’, to receive informative and motivational text messages.
The ‘Flo’ message service will send you regular helpful and supportive tips, videos and messages before and after baby arrives, on topics such as relationship building, what to expect, feeding your baby and safer sleep, by text to a mobile phone.
While you are pregnant, the friendly and reassuring texts will arrive from 28 weeks until baby your baby is born.
After your baby’s birth, if you text Flo with ‘BIRTHDAY’ and baby’s date of birth, Flo will continue to send you useful informative texts to help you as a new mother also.
Flo is interactive too - if you need further help with feeding your baby you can text Flo, to receive a message with details of how to access the support and information you need. Please refer to the downlads section of this page to view a poster for the Flo New Mum service.
To sign up to Flo for free, just need to speak to their midwife or email the Trust’s Infant Feeding Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your local source of breastfeeding support via the Do you need breastfeeding support? page of the Royal Wolverhampton Trust’s Infant Feeding Teams’ webpage
For video clips of mothers talking about their experiences of breastfeeding and how to position and latch your baby:
Baby Buddy App
The Baby Buddy App for parents and parents to be is from the child health and wellbeing charity Best Beginnings to guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life, including information on infant feeding, local services, a question and answer function, plus helpful videos.
All midwives, Health Visitors and support staff are trained to provide breastfeeding support. Some pregnant women and new mothers may require specialist breastfeeding support – if so, your midwife or health visitor will make a referral for you.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Infant Feeding Team:
To contact the New Cross Infant Feeding Team for information or support call
Or visit the following link - You and your baby, Wolverhampton
Breastfeeding Peer Supporters
If you have experience of breastfeeding your baby and are interested in volunteering to provide information and support to breastfeeding mothers in Wolverhampton, contact:
- Diana West, Breastfeeding Peer Support Co-ordinator for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
- Tele: 01902 695578
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: Wolverhampton’s Breastfeeding Peer Supporters
Health Visitor Support Workers:
Specialist community support is available with referral from your Midwife/ Health Visitor to Debbie Arrowsmith and Cheryl McDermott, Health Visitor Support Workers.
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 100 0212
Website - http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN)
Supporterline - 0300 100 0210
Supporterline in Bengali / Sylheti - 0300 456 2421
Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Breastfeeding Network also offers support via:
- Twitter (@BfN_UK)
- @TheBreastfeedingNetworkUK Facebook page
- @BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformationservice Facebook page
- @NationalBreastfeedingHelpline Facebook page
- Webchat and email via the BfN website
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 330 5453
La Leche League
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0845 120 2918
The National Childbirth Trust
Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 330 0771