OBS Recommended Resources For Parents
Some of our favourite videos, websites, books and more.
This list is not exclusive. OBS believes that these resources are useful and (except blogs and opinion pieces) based on good evidence. If you are worried about yourself or your baby, please contact your midwife, health visitor or GP.
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Global Health Media videos. Excellent series on the basics of breastfeeding, and common problems, in many languages. If you only want to watch one video on how to attach your baby at the breast, this is excellent: Attaching your Baby at the Breast. Global Health Media’s Birth & Beyond app is now available for iPhone, with an Android version coming soon.
Natural Breastfeeding video. Enable your baby to use all their feeding reflexes for comfortable, intuitive feeding.
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Information and videos to guide you through the early weeks, getting to know your baby, and common breastfeeding problems.
Baby Buddy An award-winning app to guide you through pregnancy and new parenting
NCT information sheet "What's in a nappy?" How to tell if your newborn baby is getting enough milk.
Breastfeeding, Take Two: Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around. Stephanie Casemore 2011, published by Gray Lion. For women who are pregnant again after a previous difficult breastfeeding experience. Also available in Kindle.
If your baby is still under the care of midwives, your midwifery team is your first source of help with feeding. Midwives offer telephone support 24/7.
La Leche League Oxfordshire. In person and virtual support group meetings, antenatal sessions, 1:1 support by phone, email, video call, Facebook and more, from trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors.
Maternity Infant Feeding Team. For complex breastfeeding problems in babies aged 1-6 weeks.*
If your baby is older than 6 weeks, the Enhanced Infant Feeding Practitioners in the Health Visiting service can help with complex feeding problems - ask your local health visiting team to refer you.*
* If your baby needs an oral assessment for potential tongue-tie, either of these services can help. Alternatively, you could contact a private tongue-tie practitioner: The Association of Tongue-Tie Practitioners to assess and, if necessary, treat your baby.
National Breastfeeding Helpline - telephone support and live webchat 9.30am - 9.30pm daily 0300 100 0212
La Leche League Helpline - 8:00am - 11:00pm daily 0345 120 2918
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline - 8:00am - midnight daily 0300 330 0771
Please also see our page on Other Sources of Help
General breastfeeding information
Evidence-based, reliable and realistic information on most aspects of breastfeeding, including common problems.
Nancy Mohrbacher. Short videos on finding comfortable positions, helping your baby attach deeply, and more.
Anti-racism and breastfeeding
Why we celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.
Breastfeeding with disabilities
Breastfeeding with a Disability (Breastfeeding Network)
Breastfeeding With a Disability: What You Need To Know (Health Central)
Support for Transgender & Non-binary Parents (La Leche League GB)
Podcast: Breastfeeding Outside the Box
Twins or more
Breastfeeding Twins & Triplets UK website & Facebook group
Mothering Multiples - breastfeeding and caring for twins or more Karen Kerkhoff Gromada 2007, La Leche League International.
Covid-19 Specific Resources
The Breastfeeding Network's Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service's Statement on Covid-19 Vaccines while breastfeeding
The Human Milk Foundation's Statement on milk donation and Covid-19 vaccination
When breastfeeding is difficult
If your baby was born early, small for gestational age, or is unwell, very sleepy, not growing as expected, unable to breastfeed etc.
Breastfeeding in the First Hour (Stanford University). Video on how to protect your milk supply and keep your baby safely fed if they are early, small, unwell or for any reason not yet feeding well in the early days after birth.
Successfully breastfeeding your premature baby (La Leche League GB)
Feeding “Late preterm” babies. Babies born at 34-37 weeks gestation, or weighing less than 2500g. (La Leche League GB)
Getting breastfeeding back on track after a difficult start (The 3 Keeps). Useful in any situation where a baby is not yet feeding well, or at all, or is unhappy at the breast. (La Leche League GB)
Baby Sleep Info Source (BASIS) from Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. Information about normal infant sleep based upon the latest UK and world-wide research, including downloadable information sheets in several languages.
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family Diane Weissinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith & Teresa Pitman 2014, published by Pinter & Martin. Also available in Kindle.
Expressing your milk
“Hands on Pumping” video (Stanford University). Shows you how to use both a breast pump and your hands to get the most milk in the shortest time.
Maya Bolman breast massage. Gentle, thorough technique, useful both for normal expressing or if you have mastitis.
Expressing your colostrum before your baby is born. Highly recommended for women with diabetes, or who know that their baby is likely to need special care after birth.
Exclusive pumping (EPing)
Pumping and Me, a mother's story
Breast pump loan/hire
You may be able to borrow a pump from your community midwifery team.
OBS pump loan (low-cost, 3 weeks maximum).
Commercial pump hire can be arranged online for about £50 per month.
Feeding other than at the breast
Choosing and using bottles and other tools (La Leche League GB)
How to bottle feed a breastfed baby (Kellymom)
Side-lying bottle-feeding. An alternative approach for babies in the early weeks.
Infant formula and responsive bottle feeding (Unicef UK)
First Steps Nutrition. Excellent, independent information on choosing and using infant formula milks in the UK.
Using formula milk to support breastfeeding (La Leche League GB
Starting solid foods/weaning
Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett 2008, published by Vermilion. Also available in Kindle.
My Child Won’t Eat! How to enjoy mealtimes without worry Carlos Gonzales 2012, published by Pinter & Martin. Also available in Kindle.
First Steps Nutrition Trust. Free, independent information on all aspects of nutrition in the early years.
Breastfeeding and employment
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. Inspirational stories from employed breastfeeding mothers in a wide range of situations.
Common breastfeeding problems
Engorgement Breast swelling, especially in the early days after birth (La Leche League GB)
Mastitis Breast inflammation, at any stage of feeding (La Leche League GB)
Thrush (candida infection) Breastfeeding Network thrush information sheet
Milk blister/bleb (Kellymom)
If breastfeeding hurts, see also the section Breastfeeding - getting started (above) for useful videos.
Medication use while breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Network (BfN) Drug Information Factsheets. Free factsheets on many common medications, ideal to share with your doctor and pharmacist.
Introduction to the safety of drugs passing through breastmilk (Breastfeeding Network)
When breastfeeding ends
Breast comfort during and after weaning (Kellymom)
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