Information for Observing Students & Health Professionals
Please note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our drop-ins are currently suspended. You can register to observe virtual 1:1 consultations, OBS Group and antenatal sessions on Zoom by clicking the button below. You can download Zoom for free. See below for details on the different types of sessions and for our Recommend Breastfeeding Resources for Health Professionals. Sign up to the OBS Professionals Mailing List to receive occasional updates.
1:1 Consultations (via Zoom)
We have some capacity for student observers in our 1:1 consultations. Session times may only be set shortly before the session happens, in response to incoming Help Requests from families. Some families choose not to have an observer at their consultation. The more flexible you can be about timing, and the more quickly you can respond to messages, the more likely we are to be able to accommodate you. Read more about what parents can expect from video consultations.
OBS Group is a weekly virtual support group on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. We have capacity for several student observers per session.
Virtual Antenatal Sessions
Our virtual antenatal breastfeeding education sessions occur monthly on Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am. We have capacity for several student observers per session.
Most of our breastfeeding support happens in our private, women-only Facebook group. You are welcome to join this as an observer during your course, to learn about interactions between group members, the OBS team, volunteers and each other.
You will be asked three questions when you request to join; if you make it clear that you are a student in a related discipline, we will add you to the group. We request that you don't post, unless you have checked with an Admin first. We also ask you not to identify yourself as a student. If you are or have been a breastfeeding mother, you are of course welcome to join the group as a service user.
Note for Student Midwives
Unlike the hospital breastfeeding drop-ins, women and their supporters can come at any stage of pregnancy or lactation, or post-weaning, if they want to work through their experience after breastfeeding has ended. This means that there is a much wider range of baby ages, including many who are well beyond the midwifery remit; for example parents often come for information about starting solid foods or returning to work. If you would like to extend your learning to include breastfeeding beyond the early weeks, you might find our Recommended Resources For Families useful.
In addition to our Recommended Resources for Families, we recommend these resources for health professionals.
Covid-19 Specific Resources
The Breastfeeding Network's Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service's Statement on Covid-19 Vaccines while breastfeeding
Families’ experiences of breastfeeding support during COVID-19 by researchers from Swansea University, Imperial College and the Human Milk Foundation with the collaboration of the Breastfeeding Network
The Human Milk Foundation's Statement on milk donation and Covid-19 vaccination
The Baby Friendly Initiative is transforming healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK, as part of a wider global partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef. “We enable public services to better support families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life”. Their annual conference is one of the biggest breastfeeding conferences in Europe.
A network of health professionals interested in supporting and facilitating breastfeeding in a hospital setting in the UK.
A national network of primary care professionals and supportive colleagues advocating for improvements in infant feeding practice. Useful section on prescribing for lactating women.
An independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years. Excellent free resources for parents on infant milks in the UK, and more.
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