Support for Parents Wharfedale & Craven

Newborns, Feeding, Sleeping, Nappies, Slings etc

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Leeds Community Healthcare 0-19 Public Health Integrated Nursing Service

Every family across Leeds, starting at pregnancy and continuing through to school leavers, receives support from the service. Find out about the services and resources available to you and your family across Leeds.


For more details visit the Leeds Community Healthcare website:

and follow the Facebook Page. 

Tel: 0113 220 8500

Breast Feeding Groups & Support in Leeds

Breastfeeding Groups and Support in Leeds (Details correct Feb 20)

What is a Breastfeeding Group?

These groups are all run slightly differently; however, you can rest assured you will always be welcomed by a friendly face and refreshments! All group leaders undertake breastfeeding training so that they can offer support and signpost if you need specific help. These groups are open to all breastfeeding mums.


What is a Breastfeeding Peer Support Group?

These groups are run by trained breastfeeding peer supporters. Peer supporters are mothers who have themselves breastfed and have undertaken a training course. They are not able to give specific advice but can offer suggestions and sign-post to the most appropriate and timely help. Any breastfeeding mum is welcome!


Breastfeeding Counsellors

Breastfeeding counsellors have all breastfed and had extensive training. They offer free support, information and practical help. They offer phone support and home visits.



Baby Buddy app (download from app store or visit website) Trusted source of information endorsed by your health professional and promoted to all parents in Leeds


NCT Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 330 0770 (8am-11pm)

La Leche League 0345 120 2918

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 3305453

Breastfeeding Network 0300 1000212

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 1000212

Adv. Health Improvement Specialist – Infant Feeding Sally – 07712 214867

Breastfeeding Clinic (HV referral only) Meanwood Health Centre – 0113 8433350

Hospital Infant Feeding Team (midwives) 0113 2065367

Peer Support Coordinator Cath – 07843339574 / Suzanne – 07956077800

Leeds General Infirmary – Delivery Suite 0113 3927445

St James’ Hospital – Delivery Suite 0113 2069103

Drugs in Breastmilk helpline



Val – LS16 0113 2933176

Helen – LS20 01943 877212

Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

Tracey – BD17 01274 597633


Also facilitated by NCT – Baby Cafe; cake and conversation alongside breastfeeding support from trained NCT

breastfeeding counsellors. Fridays 12pm – 2pm Gipton Methodist Church, Oak Tree Place, LS9 6SX



Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

Carrymoor Sling Library Drop In Sessions

There are 3 drop-in sessions running in Wharfedale & Craven:

Ben Rhydding – weekly, Friday at St John’s Church in Ben Rhydding from 9.30 to 11.30 am

Ilkley – fourth Thursday of the month at Little Lane Children’s Centre 9.30 – 11.30 am

The Hive, Silsden – second Tuesday of the month 1 – 2.30pm.

A wide variety of carriers are available to hire for a small fee, and an unlimited swap service is offered, helping you to find the right carrier or sling for you and your family.

For further information please call 07815 183977

Ilkley Postnatal Course

New Post Natal Course @ Dans Den Ilkley

Starting Wednesday 15th Jan, 10.30-12 pm

6-week course perfect for new mums & babies are welcome to come along too

Spaces limited so please book soon:

La Leche League Cafe

La Leche League Cafe, Breastfeeding support group.

First Friday of each month 10.00-12 noon.

The group is run by La Leche volunteers. Topics covered in the group include the advantages of breastfeeding, childbirth and the new baby at home, the art of breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties, nutrition and weaning. Expectant mothers & new mothers welcome. Pram access via the entrance on Riddings Road.

Lower Hall, Ilkley Methodist Church Hall (Christchurch), The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW


La Leche League Wharfedale & Airedale

Breastfeeding support from pregnancy through to weaning.
La Leche League is an international charity, founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. La Leche League Leaders are mothers who have breastfed their own babies and enjoy helping other mothers to do so. They are accredited by La Leche League International, the world’s authority on breastfeeding.

They provide information and support by phone and email plus lead discussion meetings for mothers. Meetings in Ilkley, Shipley & Bradford. (

Telephone and Email help Local Leaders:
Ruth: 01943 461051
Becky: 01535 633788
Suzanne: 0113 2630979

La Leche League is for you if …

• You are expecting a baby and want to know more about how to breastfeed
• You are already breastfeeding and want help with particular challenges
• You need information on starting solids and/or weaning
• You want to meet other breastfeeding mums and share experiences La Leche League meetings Get together with other breastfeeding mothers, their babies and children and be supported in your decision to breastfeed. Use the library of books and leaflets on breastfeeding and parenting. Help other mothers by sharing your experiences. We aim to meet the needs of all mothers attending our meetings. Many areas relating to breastfeeding are discussed including:
• Why breastfeeding is good for mother and baby
• Preparation and expectations
• Getting breastfeeding off to a good start
• Overcoming/avoiding challenges and difficulties
• Family life with a baby
• Night-time parenting
• Infant sleep
• Returning to work
• Nutrition and weaning
• You are interested in reading more about breastfeeding, birth and parenting

Meetings are free but donations welcome