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OBS Recommended Resources

All these resources are based on good evidence and respect the normal needs and behaviour of breastfed babies.  This list is not exclusive.  If you are worried about yourself or your baby, contact your midwife, Health Visitor or GP.

Breastfeeding - Getting Started

Baby Buddy- an award-winning app to guide you through pregnancy and new parenting

Global Health Media videos - an excellent series on the basics of how to breastfeed, and common problems, in many languages (also available on Youtube)

Information and videos to guide you through the early weeks, getting to know your baby,  and common breastfeeding problems.  https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/support-for-parents/

How to tell if your newborn baby is getting enough milk: NCT information sheet "What's in a nappy?"

Finding help

If your baby is still under the care of midwives, your midwifery team is your first port of call for help with feeding.  You can ask for an extra visit, or arrange to go to one of the midwifery-led units. Midwives offer telephone support 24/7.

See our OBS Drop-In timetable page

Breastfeeding support from the specialist maternity Infant Feeding Team (for complex breastfeeding problems in babies aged 1-6 weeks).  They run Clinics at the JR, Horton and Chipping Norton hospitals: www.ouh.nhs.uk/women/maternity/postnatal/infant-feeding/default.aspx

If your baby is older than 6 weeks, you can get support for more complex breastfeeding problems from the Enhanced breastfeeding practitioners in the Health Visiting service - ask your health visitor to refer you.

La Leche League Oxfordshire offers several monthly meetings around the county and one-to-one support by phone, email and social media from trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors:             http://www.llloxford.org.uk

Telephone Helplines

National Breastfeeding Helpline - telephone support and live webchat 9.30am - 9.30pm daily:  0300 100 0212 or https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk

La Leche League helpline: https://www.laleche.org.uk/call/

NCT breastfeeding line - 8am - midnight daily: 0300 330 0771


You can download the information on this page as a pdf.

General Breastfeeding Information

Kellymom & La Leche League Great Britain
Evidence-based, reliable and realistic information on most aspects of breastfeeding

Baby Friendly Initiative - Support for Parents
Basic information from the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative to guide you through the early weeks and common problems. Good video on hand expression of milk.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
La Leche League International 2010, published by Pinter & Martin. Updated edition of the world’s bestselling breastfeeding book.


Baby Sleep Info Source (formerly Infant Sleep Information Source)
Information from Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab about normal infant sleep based upon the latest UK and world-wide research, including downloadable information sheets in several languages.

Caring for your Baby at Night, a guide for parents
a free UNICEF UK leaflet

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family
Diane Weissinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith & Teresa Pitman 2014, published by Pinter & Martin

Sleeping with your baby, a Parent’s Guide to Co-sleeping
James McKenna 2007, published by Platypus Media

Starting Solid Foods

Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food
Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett 2008, published by Vermilion http://www.babyledweaning.com/

My Child Won’t Eat! How to enjoy mealtimes without worry
Carlos Gonzales 2012, published by Pinter & Martin

Working and Breastfeeding

Maternity Action
Information and advice on your rights at work during pregnancy and as a new parent

Hirkani’s Daughters: women who scale modern mountains to combine breastfeeding and working
Jennifer Hicks 2005, published by La Leche League International

Milk Expression

Maximizing Milk Production with Hands On Pumping
Short video demonstrating “hands on pumping”; an effective technique for maintaining milk supply when a baby is unable to breastfeed, applicable to any situation in which a mother needs to express her milk

Breast massage

Paced Bottle-Feeding

How to bottle feed the breastfed baby …paced bottle feeding tips for a breastfeeding supportive style of bottle feeding
A detailed description with a downloadable pdf version to share from Kellymom.com

A short illustrative video by Janet Jones IBCLC

Medication Use While Breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Network Drugs in Breastmilk Service and Drugs Factsheets
Useful free factsheets on many common medications, and leaflets to download and share with your doctor


Association of Tongue-Tie Practitioners

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support, last revised April 2018

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