OBS is still here to help!
All of our face to face drop-ins are currently suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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). GPs and hospitals are also still there to support you. Please don't delay contacting them if you are worried.
One to one help is available by phone or video
While our drop-ins are suspended we are offering phone & 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. 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.
Your Help Request will be assessed by an OBS facilitator. We would like to be able to offer a 1:1 consultation (by Zoom or phone) with our facilitator team to everyone who sends in a help request form. If there is high demand, this may not be possible. Priority for 1:1 consultations will go to families with the most complex and/or urgent feeding issues, where the need cannot be met elsewhere. If we are unable to offer you a 1:1 consultation, we will email you with information relevant to your feeding issues, and suggestions of other ways to find support.
We will respond to your Help Request by email as soon as possible, usually within 12 hours and usually sooner. We can sometimes offer appointments on the day we receive the form, so please check your email! Please check your junk/spam folder if you have not heard from us within 12 hours of submitting this form.
Other ways to get Breastfeeding Support during the Covid-19 Pandemic
OBS private Facebook Group
A women-only Facebook group, for anyone local 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 Live Hour on Mondays
If you are missing the social support that you normally find at our drop-ins, we are holding a Facebook Live 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.
La Leche League Oxfordshire Virtual support group meetings and 1:1 help by phone, email and online from local 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. Live webchat and online help forms.
Mental Health Resources
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
Downloadable Information Sheets
Breastfeeding support during the the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak updated 14 April 2020