Your health visitor is trained to support you in all areas of infant feeding.
Please contact your health visitor if you need any advice with feeding your baby.
What’s in Breastmilk?
Benefits of Breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding – Baby Friendly Initiative – Unicef
Breastfeeding and Relationship Building
Building a Happy Baby – Unicef
The Importance of Relationship Building Video – Baby Friendly Initiative – Unicef
Preparation for Baby
Online Antenatal Course (Access Code: NIBABIES)
Dorset Healthcare – Breastfeeding Course
Getting off to a Good Start
Public Health Agency – Off to a Good Start Booklet
ABM – How Lactation Works Video
How to Harvest your colostrum – Video
Northern Sector Contacts
- Dry Arch Centre 028 7774 2904 / 028 7772 9826
Breastfeeding group every Thursday.
- Edenballymore SureStart 028 7137 1670
Breastfeeding group every Thursday at 11am-12pm.
- Shantallow SureStart 028 7135 6110
Breastfeeding group every Tuesday 10am-11.30am.
- Little Hands SureStart 028 7126 7524
Contact Rachel for details of support available.
- Derry Well Woman 028 7136 0777
Breastfeeding group every Thursday 11am-12pm.
- Strabane SureStart 078 9273 0017 / 028 7138 2658
Breastfeeding group every Wednesday 10am-11.15am.
- Waterside SureStart 028 7134 7186
Breastfeeding group every Wednesday 10am-11.30am.
Download / Print the Contact List for Breastfeeding Support Groups in the Northern Sector.
Southern Sector Contacts
- Cherish Surestart Every Monday in Irvinestown from 10:30-12:00. Every Tuesday in Newtownbutler from 10:30-12:00. For more information or to book a space contact Adele on 075 2351 2714.
- L.A.S.T. SureStart – Surestart Family Centre, Gortin Road Omagh, contact 028 8225 293.
- Clogher Valley SureStart – Bosom Pals, Every Wednesday 10-11am, Contact 028 8554 9898.
- Castlederg – Rainbow SureStart Breastfriends Support Group, contact 028 8167 9483.
Download / Print the Contact List for Breastfeeding Support Groups in the Southern Sector.
If you wish to avail of support via text or telephone from breastfeeding mothers within your local area. Contact your Midwife, Health Visitor or the Peer Support Link Worker at
077 9504 3205
Specialised Breastfeeding Support
Women can access the Infant Feeding leads within the Trust for specialist breastfeeding if required. Speak to your midwife or health visitor regarding this.
Peer Support Mothers
We have a peer volunteer service to support Breastfeeding women. This is a group of local women who have breast fed their own babies. They have attended volunteer and Breastfeeding training within the Trust. They can provide telephone and text support to new mothers and they attend the local breastfeeding support groups. Prior to discharge from hospital, you will be asked if you wish to avail of this service.
Sure starts and other community organisations provide Breastfeeding Support. Ask your midwife/health visitor for more information or contact your local Sure Start.
Dads and Grandparents
NHS – What dads should know about breast feeding?
Grandparents supporting breastfeeding
ABM – Congratulations you’re going to be a grandparent
- Dry Arch Centre 028 7774 2904 / 028 7772 9826
Position and Attachment
Breastfeeding Attachment – Video – Global Health Media Project
How do I know my baby is getting enough?
Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk – Video – Global Health Media Project
How to maximise milk production
Hand expression video – Baby Friendly Initiative (unicef.org.uk)
Positions for Breastfeeding
Positions for Breastfeeding – Video – Global Health Media Project
Natural Breastfeeding – Love to Love Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding while sitting
Breastfeeding while lying
(See also before delivery)
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
The Western Trust are fully committed to supporting all Breastfeeding mothers in returning to work by providing free ‘Return to work packs’. Anyone wishing to avail of these should contact the Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Department on 028 718 635127 or email@example.com
This pack will contain a cool bag, ice blocks, a reusable water bottle and breastmilk storage bottle to assist staff in continuing their breastfeeding journey. The pack will also contain additional information on safe storage of breastmilk.
NI Direct – Breastfeeding and going back to work
Unicef – Breastfeeding after returning to work or study
Working and Breastfeeding – La Leche League GB
Expressing and Storing Breastmilk – The Breastfeeding Network
Western Trust Milk Bank
The Western Trust has the only milk bank in Ireland. More information.
Tandem Nursing – La Leche League GB
Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing – La Leche League International
Feeding Older Babies
Breastfeeding and teething – La Leche League GB
Breastfeeding Your Toddler: What to expect • KellyMom.com
Thinking of Weaning? – La Leche League GB
Feeding more than one baby
- Formula Feeding after Delivery
Online Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop
Join our free online antenatal breastfeeding workshop. The workshop is delivered over Zoom on the first Thursday of every month from 7.20pm to 9.00pm.
To join, please use the Zoom details below:
Meeting ID: 202 216 2774
Getting a Good Start: Eating Health from One to Five
Breastfeeding HELP Leaflet | Northern Sector
Breastfeeding HELP Leaflet | Southern Sector
National Breastfeeding Helplines
La Leche League – 0845 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0844 412 2949 (9.30am-9.30pm)
0300 100 0210 (Press 2 for Polish)
0300 456 2421 Bengali & Sylheti
National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212 (9.30am-9.30pm)
National Childbirth Trust – 0300 3300 771 (8am-10pm)
UNICEF – Breastfeeding resources – Baby Friendly Initiative
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers advice on support new breastfeeding mothers during COVID19
UNICEF Baby Friendly Breastfeeding Resources
UNICEF Baby Friendly – Refresher Sheets
COVID-19 vaccine while breastfeeding
Can mothers receive a Covid-19 vaccine while breastfeeding?
To continue to support health professionals to provide care for babies, their mothers and families during the ongoing pandemic, UNICEF have updated their Covid-19 resource and guidance page with new guidance on how to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with women who are breastfeeding (see FAQ #14)