Breastfeeding may be the most natural way to feel your baby, but it definitely doesn’t always come naturally! And remember that each mum-baby breastfeeding relationship is different, so some mums may find that history doesn’t repeat itself – whether for better or worse!
Getting the right advice and support early on can make all the difference, so that the choice of if, and how long to breastfeed for is entirely up to you (and your baby).
For assistance with breastfeeding you can contact:
- a registered lactation consultant (external link in French) – specialist lactation consultants that have an internationally recognised qualification (IBCLC); these are often midwives, but are sometimes pediatricians or nurses.
British midwife Jo Everatt is also an IBCLC lactation consultant.
- an independent midwife who offers breastfeeding support – read more about finding a midwife.
- if you are a BCT member, you can contact English-speaking BCT breastfeeding counsellors – volunteer BCT members, who have been trained to give mother-to-mother support
- breastfeeding support associations such as:
The website Kellymom also offers a wealth of evidence-based information on breastfeeding.
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