Breastfeeding Peer Support in Lancashire

Our infant feeding helpline remains the primary contact point for all communications and is available daily 9.30am-2.30pm and then 9.30pm until midnight 01254 772929 (voicemail available outside of these hours, picked up the next working day).

Lancashire County Council has commissioned Families and Babies to offer breastfeeding support to women across the LCC footprint commencing on the 1st April 2018 initially for three years. We are pleased to be providing this service for Breastfeeding Promotion and Peer Support in Lancashire.

FAB has provided a breastfeeding peer support service within Central Lancashire for over ten years working within Lancashire Teaching Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital and across the community. We have established a valued service with mothers; their families and partner health professionals in central Lancashire and we hope to replicate this with our expansion across the rest of the area

A member of our team contacts all breastfeeding mothers referred to us soon after they come home from hospital and together you will decide what support you want from us.

Every mother’s experiences are different and some need more support than others, we can visit you at home or usually offer telephone support as a minimum to check how you and your baby are doing.

Our support is in addition to the care and support you will receive from your midwife and health visitors, but we are all working together to ensure you get the right amount of support for you and your baby.

Useful links:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic we have introduced a strict screening policy before a home visit. Our face to face breastfeeding groups are returning, please see below for times and venues. Virtual sessions will continue until a breatfeeding group is available in each district, please see below for our current service offer:

 Support on postnatal ward at Ormskirk Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital, Burnley Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Please continue to encourage all mums to call us and register postnatally.  Mums do not need to be registered with us for any of the video support groups listed but it enables us to support them longer term and in a much more personalised way, including one to one video calls, phone calls, text and emails – call us on 01254 772929 or email us or fab.lancsreferrals@nhs.net we also take referrals from any of our partner services with mums consent.

We have put together a timetable of the current digital group support options below and we hope that we have made these accessible to all.

Digital Support Timetable

 

Zoom Group
Monday 11am-11.30am with Amanda

https://zoom.us/j/6038215728

Wednesday 11am-11.30m with Rebecca

https://zoom.us/j/6038215728

Our infant feeding helpline remains the primary contact point for all communications and is available daily 9.30am-2.30pm and then 9.30pm until midnight 01254 772929 (voicemail available outside of these hours, picked up the next working day).

You can also email us on admin@familiesandbabies.org.uk for general enquiries or fab.lancsreferrals@nhs.net for NHS referrals into peer support.

Please continue to encourage all mums to call us and register, whether that is antenatally or postnatally.  Mums do not need to be registered with us for any of the video support groups listed but it enables us to support them longer term and in a much more personalised way, including one to one video calls, phone calls, text and emails – call us on 01254 772929 or email us or fab.lancsreferrals@nhs.net we also take referrals from any of our partner services with mums consent.

Breastfeeding  groups –

Fleetwood – Tuesday’s at Fleetwood Library, North Albert Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AJ @ 10.00am

Weeton – Wednesday’s at Weeton Barracks Community Centre, Henderson Road, Weeron Barracks, PR4 3JQ @ 10.00am

Burnley – Thursday’s at Burnley Campus Library, Barden Lane, BB10 1JD @ 10.00am

Preston – Friday’s at Project Fit Preston, PR1 4AP @ 10.30am

Morecambe – Friday’s at Grandma’s Puppet Shop, Morecambe, 263 Marine Road Central, LA4 5BX @ 10.30am

Skelmersdale – Friday’s at Parks Children Centre, Barnes Road, Skelmersdale WN8 8HN @ 10.00am

Please see below links for all the breastfeeding friendly places in Lancashire:

If you are a Lancashire business and would like to be included within our breastfeeding friendly places list then please sign up through our Survey Monkey link here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VSTF3BQ

Local Office Numbers

Wakefield
01924 851901
Lancashire
01254 772929
Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
07833 051723
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