Did you know…

Did you know that the 2010 UK Infant Feeding Survey found that breastfeeding initiation rates had risen to 81%, but that in 2005 (this data from 2010 has not yet been released) only 21% of babies were being breastfed by only 6 weeks of age?

http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/About-Baby-Friendly/Breastfeeding-in-the-UK/UK-Breastfeeding-rates/

Many, many mothers stop breastfeeding before they want to.

If you’re struggling, get support. If you’re scared of trying to breastfeed again, get support. Please. The right support makes such a difference.

If you’ve recently stopped breastfeeding and are wishing you hadn’t, please know that relactation is possible. Heck, even adoptive lactation is possible!

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Tongue tie resources

Tongue tie resources discovered recently…

NHS Choices information on tongue tie and division.

What do mothers need to know about tongue tie? – an article from the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.

Locations where tongue tie can be divided on the NHS – if your local clinic can’t fit you in soon enough, see if another clinic you could get to might.

“Find a Tongue Tie Divider” on the Lactation Consultants of GB site.

Tongue exercises can help some people – these are described in the Breastfeeding Answer Book, which the group has access to a copy of (not available for loan as this is a Supporter’s personal copy).

There is now a good Facebook Support group for parents affected by tongue tie, supported by various IBCLCs and Doulas with a specific interest in tongue tie.

There are further tongue tie resources and stories here on Doula Maddie McMahon’s blog .

There are some good articles about tongue tie here on the Analytical Armadillo blog.

A new breastfeeding support resource in Newbury, West Berks

Newbury Breast Friends is a friendly breastfeeding support group meeting weekly at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury.

The group is run by Breastfeeding Network (BfN) Supporters & Helpers and we often have local lactation consultants, independent midwives and Doulas attending.

Whether you’re breastfeeding, thinking of or wanting to, come along for a friendly chat, a drink and (often!) cake.

The group has leaflets, books and other resources for Mums to borrow.

Toddlers welcome!