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Breastfeeding Resources

National Breastfeeding Resources

  • NHS

National Helpline:

Breastfeeding 0300 100 0212
  • NCT (National Childbirth Trust) www.nct.org.uk

National Helpline Phone Numbers:

Pregnancy & Birth 0300 330 0772
Breastfeeding 0300 330 0771
Postnatal 0300 330 0773
Enquiries 0300 330 0770
Shared Experience 0300 330 0774

The NCT is a charitable organization that provides support to families during pregnancy and beyond.  Find out what they are doing in your local area on their website.

National Helpline Phone Number:

Breastfeeding 08444 122 949

The ABM is a charitable organization that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding.

A website that strives to provide evidence based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

National Helpline Phone Number:

Breastfeeding 0845 120 2918

La Leche League is an international organization that supports breastfeeding mainly through local volunteer run support groups.

National Helpline Phone Number:

Breastfeeding 0300 100 0212

The Breastfeeding Network aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women.

Lactation Consultants that hold the credential IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) have had extensive training and experience before passing an international examination.  They then have to maintain their credential through additional education.  An IBCLC is a credential to trust, they are the most skilled and knowledgeable in their field.  You can use this website to find a Lactation Consultant in your area, and also search for someone to help you with a suspected tongue-tie.

Helpline Phone Number:

Medication safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding
001 806 352 2519

The Infant Risk Center is based in Texas, and was opened by the author of the book “Medications and Mothers Milk”, Thomas W. Hale RPh, PhD.  While the book is only updated every other year, the Center provides accurate, current information on a huge number of drugs that you may need to take.  There are very few drugs that are not compatible with breastfeeding, and sometimes there are alternative drugs that you can take and continue to breastfeed.  The Infant Risk Center will also take into account all the drugs you are taking and makes sure that all the benefits and risks are taken into consideration.  I always keep a copy of the book in my house, and there is now a phone app if you search Infant Risk Center.

  • Hospital Grade Pump Rental
NCT Andrea Garrad 01959 525327
Ameda 01823 336362
Medela 0870 9505994
  • Forums

There are numerous parenting forums out there today, and most of them have a breastfeeding thread.  Some are better than others.  You should always remember that advice given on the majority of these forums is coming from breastfeeding mothers without any formal training, but in a lot of cases just knowing that there are people out there going through the same things can be reassuring.  I would recommend that you find a forum that feels right for you.  If you intend to breastfeed until your child decides to stop, you may not get the support you need from a forum you might choose if you intend to breastfeed for only 3 months.

Some forums that I have found:

You may also want to look for yahoo groups that suit your interests.  When searching you can also search for “natural parenting” or “attachment parenting” groups.

Local Breastfeeding Resources (Sevenoaks/Tonbridge, Kent)

  • Sevenoaks & Tonbridge NCT

http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/sevenoaks-tonbridge

This local NCT chapter is very busy providing great services and events for local families.  If you have the money to spare, it is definitely worth attending one of their antenatal class series, many women stay friends for a long time after meeting and bonding at these classes.  There are also local volunteers called parent links that welcome all new members, and organise local events such as coffee mornings or playdates.  Nearly new sales are held in three locations twice every year to raise money for NCT, and are a great opportunity for you to pick up a bargain for the new baby or clear space in your closets and make some money.  The NCT also provides the following services for breastfeeding women.

  • Hospital grade pump rentals
Andrea Garrad 01959 525327
  • Breastfeeding Counselors
Lonnie Fletcher 01732 300244
Elissa Benson 01732 357943
Andrea Garrad 01959 525327
Jane Gillhouley 01732 460962
Ingrid Sherwell 01732 461535
  • Breastfeeding Support Groups (pregnant women also welcome)

Tonbridge
Tuesdays 10.00am–12.00pm - Tonbridge Baptist Church, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge TN10 3HZ

Tunbridge Wells
Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am - The Little Forest Children’s Centre, Friars Way, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3UA

Maidstone
Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm - Salvation Army, 74-80 Union Street, Maidstone ME14 1EE

Sevenoaks
Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am - Spring House Children’s Centre, Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3TP

Caterham
Thursdays 11.00am-1.00pm - The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, Surrey CR3 5XY. Term time only.

Maidstone
Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am - The Meadow Children’s Centre, Furfield Close, off Wallis Avenue, Park Wood, Maidstone ME15 9JR

Edenbridge
Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm - The Children’s Centre, High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AB (behind Edenbridge Primary School). Please note there is no parking by the children’s centre but ample free parking on or just off the High Street

  • Lactation Consultants

Sue Saunders – email:  lactation@homecall.co.uk  phone:  07885 493873

My Favourite Resources (Sevenoaks/Tonbridge, Kent)

Fabulous company to work with, they installed our solar panels, and they are really great and patient with inquisitive kids asking “What are you doing?” 50 times a day.

If you want to get out and exercising and you don’t want to leave the baby, take them along to Holly Bush park and have fun exercising with baby.

If you are looking for additional support during your delivery and beyond, a doula can be an invaluable resource.

If you have seen my flyers or business cards you will understand why I love the work that Hannah has done for me, and you don’t pay shipping if you collect from the store.

Sam runs free taster sessions at the new SureStart Centre in Dunton Green as well as regular classes in Riverhead, Edenbridge and Wetserham.

  • Pregnancy and postnatal pilates and exercise with and without baby in the Sevenoaks area - Moira Clark 01732 453271 moira.clark@tesco.net

You can find out more about Moira at this link
http://www.sevenoaksphysiotherapy.co.uk/practitioners/moira-clark/

Joey Slings mei tais are soft, secure, durable and comfortable. 
 
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Independent Midwifery Care covering Central and South London, East London including Docklands & Canary Wharf Area, & North Kent.

Neighbourhood Midwives is a dynamic new organisation and our ultimate goal is to make a real difference to maternity care in England.  Our vision and social aim is for every woman to have the choice of a positive experience of childbirth supported by a midwife she knows and trusts.

 
National Breastfeeding Friendly Companies
 
  • Thrupenny Bits Ltd - stylish, highly portable breastfeeding cushion or pillow devised by mother of two Melissa Wyatt-Fosbury which can be used as a cute bag after breastfeeding or between babies.
  • Doodle Boo Baby - is really about you. Trying to juggle 101 things at once added to the challenge of finding the perfect gift for your friend or their little bundle of joy. I have searched high and low so you don't have to, for unique, cheeky and loveable good quality products. From the essential to the unashamably indulgent, find the very best gifts in one place. Why not plump for the icing on the cake and try our convenient bespoke gift wrap and messaging delivery service.
  • Breast Milk Keepsakes - Claire will create amazing and unique jewellery from your very own breastmilk as a keepsake and something to cherish and remind you of these amazing days of breastfeeding.