Lancashire

Helpline: 01254 772929 (9.30am - 2.30pm, 7 days a week, voicemail facility available outside of these hours).

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;

Breastfeeding Groups in Lancashire

Across Lancashire there are a range of groups that provide Infant Feeding support, you can find this information from your Midwife, Health Visitor, Children Centre or Peer Supporter, attached is a list of groups across Lancashire where you can meet breastfeeding mums and receive support before and after your baby is born.

* * Due to the COVID19 pandemic all our face to face contact is temporarily suspended, including our groups, please see below for our current service offer. * *

Our infant feeding helpline remains the primary contact point for all communications and is available daily 9.30am-2.30pm 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 Katie.mcwalters@nhs.net for NHS referrals into peer support. 

Whilst face to face support is still suspended due to COVID19 we are still very actively supporting families across Lancashire and South Cumbria (temporarily including areas that would normally fall outside the FAB Lancs and Lancashire County Council footprint).

We have implemented a varied digital offer that includes the following options for infant feeding peer support;

  • One to one video support with a range of platforms to suit the family, including; Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Microsoft Teams/Skype) – we recommend this option for specific questions or concerns
  • One to one telephone, text or email support
  • Online antenatal https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsANTENATAL and postnatal https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/ support groups on Facebook
  • Video groups sessions on Zoom and Facebook Rooms
  • Monthly 2 part antenatal workshop on Zoom 

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

Facebook Room

Monday

10am with Moyna and Hannah https://us04web.zoom.us/j/477564825

 

 

2pm Chill and Chat Room on https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/

Tuesday

10am with Kate and Gillian https://us04web.zoom.us/j/707031004

 

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2pm Brew and Natter with Georgina and Rachel

https://zoom.us/s/92584213564

 

 

Wednesday

10am with Helen and Loreto

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/808345677

2pm Chill and Chat Room on https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/

Thursday

10am with Linda and Moyna https://us04web.zoom.us/j/841260511

10am Chill and Chat Room on

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/

 

2pm Chill and Chat Room on https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/

Friday

10am with Sarah and Sophie - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/232649390

 

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2pm Brew and Natter with Toni and Claire

https://zoom.us/s/92584213564

 

 

Saturday

 

 

2pm Brew and Natter with Hannah

https://zoom.us/j/99937630140

 

 

 

Antenatal Digital Support

 

 

Zoom Group

Facebook Room

Monday

 

 

 

 

1pm – 2pm Antenatal Workshop

This is a two part workshop that occurs each month, please join our antenatal group below or email our admin team, as below, for further details, dates and Zoom code;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsANTENATAL

admin@familiesandbabies.org.uk

 

2pm Bump Babble Room on

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsANTENATA

It would help us to get to know the group attendees if you could use your first name as your screen name, but please don't include any personal information (for example, mobile number or email) in your public profile.

If, after any chat, you feel you would like further one-to-one support please message the host or call the FAB helpline on 01254 772929, we will arrange for a peer supporter to contact you.

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 admin@familiesandbabies.org.uk or Katie.mcwalters@nhs.net we also take referrals from any of our partner services with mums consent.

The following groups will re-open once the COVID19 pandemic settles;

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