Victoria Greenly is a qualified breastfeeding counsellor and is able to offer breastfeeding support visits to your home. She is also a Doula UK-registered birth and postnatal doula. Based near Wimbledon, she can be contacted at victoria.greenly@btinternet.com or 07802 976432.

The La Leche League (www.laleche.org.uk ) offers free 24-hour support with breastfeeding.

Croydon University Hospital (020 8401 3000), 539 London Road, Croydon, offers free breastfeeding drop-in sessions on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon, staffed by a midwife, National Childbirth Trust (NCT)instructor or La Leche League member. The sessions are held in the Parentcraft Room, next door to the antenatal clinic at the back of the hospital.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 1000212) is open every day from 9.30am to 9.30pm and is run in collaboration with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) and the Breastfeeding Network (BfN). Calls are sent to the first available ABM Counsellor or BfN Supporter, both of whom have trained to provide women with evidence-based breastfeeding support. Calls are charged at the usual UK national rate.

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers has a breastfeeding helpline (0300 3305453) open every day from 9.30am to 10.30pm. All its telephone breastfeeding counsellors are volunteers who have breastfed their own children and have also received in-depth training on all aspects of breastfeeding. Calls are charged at the usual UK national rate.

One of the parents I taught who experienced difficulties with breastfeeding and did a lot of research into the subject, recommended the following and hopes it will be of help:
1. Look at the websites:
www.kellymom.com (lots of information and solutions to breastfeeding problems)
2. Read The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman.
3. Contact a lactation consultant for support and advice on the day your baby’s born (the cost if things go wrong is much higher than paying for a private consultation).
4. Even if your baby does not latch on during the first day, you should express as many times as possible from the first day to develop your milk supply.


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