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OBS is here to help

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support provides local breastfeeding support in the community via four weekly in person support sessionsvideo and phone consultations, drop-in infant feeding support for families in The Leys, and monthly online antenatal breastfeeding education sessions for Oxfordshire families, facilitated by experienced IBCLCs and breastfeeding counsellors, supported by trained volunteers. We also run a friendly private Facebook group where you can quickly find support. If you are a student or visiting health professional see the page about observations for the latest news about what and where you can book to observe our work. 

You can read about what to expect and how we've helped local families. Hope to see you soon! 

Spring Closure 29 March - 7 April

In order to give our team some well-earned rest we will be closed from the evening of Thursday, March 28th and reopen on the morning of Monday, April 8th. This includes our Facebook group. In addition to this our session in The Leys will also be closed on Thursday, April 11th due to our venue being shut. Bookings for in-person sessions will open 10 days before as usual and we will respond to requests for virtual appointments when we reopen. While we're closed please contact your midwife, health visitor or GP and see our Recommended Resources for Parents.

A baby with a pink bucket hat with some daisies. A flower border at the top of the image. Text: OBS Spring Closure. All our services, including our Facebook group, will be closed March 29th to April 7th. While we’re shut, see our Recommend Resources for links on common breastfeeding concerns & other sources of support

In-person help

Book into one of our five weekly in-person sessionsOn Tuesdays we are at the Barton Community Centre. On Wednesdays we are at the Kidlington Hub. On Thursdays we're at the Comper Foundation School in East Oxford and at Windale Primary School*. On Fridays, we're at the SOHA Housing Building in Didcot. Please book via our Calendly listings

OBS banner image featuring four mothers breastfeeding their babies

*Our Thursday session at Windale Primary School is primarily intended for families that live in Blackbird and Greater Leys but some pre-bookable slots are open to the wider community. Read more about our session in The Leys. Please note this session will not run on April 4th or 11th. Cartoon images of a woman feeding, a pregnant person and a woman walking with a pram. Text: Pregnant? Have a baby? Would you like FREE feeding support and information? Thursdays, 12-2pm, Windale Primary School, Windale Avenue, Oxford, OX4 6JD. No need to book, just drop in. Meet our friendly team & other parents. Free refreshments. Open to any family that lives in The Leys

Help by Video and Phone

Families that have trouble accessing our other services can book free video and phone consultations with OBS facilitators. 

A woman smiling and waving on a laptop screen. Text: Trouble accessing our in-person sessions? Distance, transport, other caring responsibilities, health reasons, accessibility, other reason? Book a one-to-one video/phone appointment with one of our faciliators


Preparing to Breastfeed Antenatal Session

Join one of our online lunchtime antenatal breastfeeding education sessions. New dates added!

Image: a cartoon pregnant body cradling its belly. Text: Join our next virtual Preparing to Breastfeed session. April 30th, May 21st, June 25th, July 16th. 12:30-1:30 pm. Bring your lunch!

OBS Facebook group

The quickest way to get support from OBS is in our friendly, private Facebook group, which is closely moderated by our team.

Image: screengrab of the OBS Facebook group show highlighting the topic and post anonymously features. Text: Did you know that on our Facebook group you can... Search for threads on common topics? Post anonymously?

OBS Breastfeeding Grief and Trauma Support Sessions

We know that for many, breastfeeding did not work out the way they wanted or hoped. Many carry heavy and complicated feelings with them about their breastfeeding experiences. Some describe feeling grief and even trauma. We ran several successful sessions in the autumn of 2023 and then a couple more in March 2024. Our funding for these sessions has run out but we know there is a big need for this type of session. If you would like to be notified of any future sessions, please fill out this form to register your interest

A cartoon woman resting her head and arms sadly on her knees. Text: Did breastfeeding not go how you wanted or hoped? Breastfeeding Grief and Trauma Support Sessions. 13 march, 10-11;30 am, Barton Neighbourhood Centre. 19 March, 12-1:30 pm Online

 

Last updated March 2024