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.
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 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 www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/baby-buddy-online
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline www.nct.org.uk 0300 330 0770 (8am-11pm)
La Leche League www.laleche.org.uk 0345 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 3305453 www.abm.me.uk
Breastfeeding Network 0300 1000212 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
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 email@example.com
NCT BREASTFEEDING COUNSELLORS
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
BREAST PUMP HIRE
Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096
There are 2 drop-in sessions running in Wharfedale:
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne: 0113 2630979 email@example.com
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