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Breastfeeding Support


We have listed lots and lots of interesting and useful links and tips on this page for Breastfeeding Mums.


We also run Breast Feeding Support Sessions on Tuesdays from 1.30 to 3.30 these are drop in session for babies up to 6 months old.

Everyone knows that breastfeeding is best for mums and babies but breastfeeding is not always easy; however problems are usually easy to solve with the help and support available at these sessions. 

Breast Pumps. 

We have a limited number of electric breast pumps that we can lend to West Exe clients. It’s a great way of seeing if an electric pump works for you before spending money on one, or to help you out in an emergency. Unfortunately due to high demand we can only let you borrow the pump for a month at a time. We ask for £10.00 (payable in cash or by cheque only) to cover the cost of the sterile pack that comes with it. You get to keep this part which can be turned into a manual pump with the purchase of a convertor kit from the manufacturer. Please ring or come into the centre and ask at reception if we have one available.




0300 100 0212

 click HERE for lots of 'Reasons to be Proud of Breastfeeding'



                          THE EXETER  BABY FRIENDLY  DIRECTORY               



Support available nationally for breastfeeding mothers:
(These telephone numbers are great for over the phone support and are backed up by many local initiatives.  We are in the process of updating our information of locally available support groups.  Your Community Midwife or Health Visitor will be able to give you a picture of what groups are running locally, place, time, etc.  See also details above of the West Exe Children's Centre Baby Cafe)

National Breastfeeding Telephone Helpline:  0844 2090920

The Breastfeeding Network:  0844 4124664

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers:  0844 4122949

La Leche League:  0845 1202918

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT):  0870 4448708


Useful Website Links:










Breastfeeding Tips for you and your baby:

    Family and friends are so important to us and they can play a vital role in protecting and supporting you and your baby to breastfeed.  It's good to have someone to chat to and help you out when times get tough, so how about nominating someone to be your 'breast buddy' while you breastfeed to encourage and support you.  It could be your mum, partner, friend or gran.  If possible ask someone who has breastfed before.

    There may be times when you'll need more practical help.  You could speak to your midwife, health visitor or a trained volunteer.  You could also see if there's a local breastfeeding group so you can meet other mums in the same situation (see details of this at the top of this page), or call the NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE 0300 100 0212 where help and support is at hand.  Don't be afraid to ask for help to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.
    Breast milk gives your baby all the nutrients needed for the first six months of life, and continues to benefit your baby along with solid foods beyond this time.  It also helps to protect your baby from infection and other diseases.  And it can reduce your chances of getting some illnesses later in life such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

    Infant formula milk does not give your baby the same benefits as breast milk.  Breast milk is a complete food for your baby to digest and it helps your baby grow and develop.  And, breast milk provides protection against infection and obesity in the future.
    Breastfeeding can use up to 500 calories a day, so women who breastfeed can get their figures back quicker.

    At around six months, your baby will need more than breast milk alone and will be ready to eat solid foods.  Introducing solid food too soon may increase the risk of infections.  From around six months, your baby should be able to sit up, hold food and chew, so waiting until then to give your baby food will be easier for you both.

    Breastfeeding helps you and your baby to get closer - physically and emotionally.  So while your baby is breastfeeding, the bond between you and your baby will grow stronger - dont't forget the skin-to-skin special cuddle.

    Breastfeeding is a skill that needs to be learnt - and it's a new skill for you and your baby.  It can take time to get the hang of it, but it's important to keep trying.

    Most difficulties experienced with breastfeeding come from babies not attaching to the breast properly, which can cause you discomfort and pain.  If you are in any pain or having difficulties, remember help is at hand.  So make sure you speak to your midwife, health visitor or trained volunteer, or call the 'National Breastfeeding Helpline' 0300 100 0212

    Hold your baby close with their nose level with your nipple, let their head tip back a little so the top lip can brush against your nipple.  This should help the baby open their mouth.  Once the baby's mouth is wide open, bring them to your breast, chin first, head tipped back and nose clear of the breast.  This encourages your baby to take a large mouthful of breast, not just the nipple.  Once attached, your baby will feed with their cheeks full and rounded.

  • After a few weeks you and your baby will get the hang of breastfeeding, which means that you will be giving your baby the very best start in life.
    BREASTFEEDING - every day makes a difference to your baby.

Sling wearing goes hand in hand

with breastfeeding - have a look

at this brilliant informative site




Expressing and Storing Your Breastmilk

click HERE http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/ for info

Support Line:  0870 900 8787

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