We aim to support parents through the whole of their feeding journey with Breastfeeding support and Introducing Solids Workshops.
Breastfeeding rates in the UK are extremely low, despite a huge proportion of mothers wanting to breastfeed. This is often due to a lack of support through the difficult early weeks. We aim to be that support for families in our local area.
As well as the NCT Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 330 0700 option 1 - lines open every day from 8am to midnight, including bank holidays) we are also very fortunate to have an NCT qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor in Plymouth, Mandy Chapman. Mandy can be contacted for Breastfeeding Support on 07757 923746. She also attends our Bumps and Babes session in Crownhill once a month. See our current timetable on our Bumps and Babies page for this group.
Our Bumps and Babies groups are also supported by our own Plymouth Latch On Breastfeeding Supporters, details of when support will be available at the groups can be found on our Bumps and Babies page.
Outside of NCT, Plymouth is very lucky to have a network of latch on groups. These groups are friendly, informal and completely free. All pregnant and breastfeeding mums and their partners are welcome. Breastfeeding peer supporters and health professionals are on hand for information and support if you need it. There are groups all over the city and more details can be found on their Plymouth Latch On website.
As well as breastfeeding support, you can also obtain support from the NCT on weaning.
The move to solid foods is a big step for you and your baby. There are many methods and a lot of advice which often make it difficult for parents to make the right decision for them and their baby.
We run regular Introducing Solids workshops for parents of babies between 4 and 6 months old. Courses can be booked here. This workshops gives you information to help you make the best decision for you and your baby, and will leave you feeling confident about your weaning journey. Courses are 2 hours long.