Released on: 06 March 2024

New parents in Lancashire will get free support to feed their babies, thanks to new funding awarded to NCT.  

NCT, the national charity for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, has been awarded funding from Lancashire County Council to offer infant feeding support across the region. NCT trained, breastfeeding peer supporters will provide support across its five hospitals on both postnatal and neonatal wards, as well as in the community through a network of community drop-in groups, clinics and home visits. The service will also provide digital and remote support including through social media and telephone. 

Parents can access NCT’s breastfeeding peer support service for Lancashire from 1 April 2024. The service will initially run for three years until the end of March 2027. The programme will cover 12 districts across Lancashire, where around 12,000 parents give birth each year. 

Helen Lloyd, Head of Programmes at NCT, said: “We are delighted to be able to support more new mothers and families across Lancashire. As a new parent, it can sometimes be a struggle, both mentally and physically, to care for a baby. However, we know with increased access to parent-centred infant feeding information and support, new mothers and families in Lancashire can make feeding decisions that are right for them.” 

If you would like more information about the programme, please contact Janie Pengilly, NCT Commissioned Services Manager at



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