Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic - Updated 2 April 2020
All of our drop-ins are currently suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
OBS is still here to help you! Submit an OBS 1 to 1 Help Request!
While our drop-ins are suspended we are offering video support slots with an OBS facilitator. These are prioritised for families most in need, who need urgent support with a more complex feeding issue and can't find what they need elsewhere. We aim to prioritise families who have symptoms of Covid-19 and/or who are self-isolating. The slots each last about 20 minutes and are usually offered via Zoom (you can download it for free here). The first step is sending a Help Request. This will be assessed by one of our facilitator team who will get back to you as soon as possible with an invitation to book a virtual 1:1 slot or other suggestions.
Other Breastfeeding Support during the Covid-19 Pandemic
If you are worried about your baby or yourself, please contact your midwifery or health visiting team, or NHS 111 (999 if it's an emergency).
OBS private Facebook group
A women-only Facebook group, for anyone in Oxfordshire who is pregnant, breastfeeding, expressing milk or trying to, to any extent. This is our preferred method of supporting families while our drop-in sessions are closed. This is because we can support many people with similar issues at the same time, and members can support each other - just like in OBS sessions. This is also the fastest way to get support.
Every question posted on the group is answered by a member of the OBS team (facilitator or accredited OBS volunteer). Other group members may also have ideas that might be helpful, and you will hear about their experiences, which may be similar to yours.
Facebook Happy Hours
If you are missing the social support that you normally find at our drop-ins, we are holding Facebook Happy Hours on our Facebook group (area families only, pregnant/breastfeeding/lactating people only) on Mondays from 11 am till noon. Chat and ask questions in real time!
OBS Recommended Resources webpage
For evidence-based breastfeeding information on many common topics, please see our Recommended Resources page.
General breastfeeding websites
Other breastfeeding support organisations
These services are staffed by trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors.
National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212, 9.30 am - 9.30pm daily. Live web chat also available.
NCT Helpline 0300 330 0700, 8am - midnight daily.
La Leche League GB Helpline 0345 120 2918, 8am - 11pm daily. Direct numbers for local La Leche League Leaders and live webchat also available.
La Leche League Oxfordshire Direct numbers for local LLL Leaders
Medication use while breastfeeding
You can also look up medications on
- UK drugs in lactation advisory service
- LactMed database from the US National Library of Medicine
- e-Lactancia (from Spain, but available in English)
Your midwifery or health visiting team
The Infant Feeding Team (John Radcliffe, Horton and Chipping Norton hospitals)
These services are less available than usual, but they may still be able to help by phone.
Private breastfeeding support
OBS does not recommend any specific private practitioners
Find a private International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Find a Tongue Tie Practitioner