Kent Baby Matters Breastfeeding Help

Kent has many community breastfeeding resources designed to meet the changing needs you have on your breastfeeding journey. here we explain each service in detail to help you decide which service best fits your needs.

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter available during another activity

These are Children’s Centre activities such as Well Baby Clinics, Baby Massage or Stay and Play Sessions that you are welcome to attend with your baby. If you have any questions about breastfeeding or need some Mother to Mother support then a trained volunteer peer supporter will be available for you to talk to. The volunteers often have their young children with them and are active in the group but can direct you to other breastfeeding services if needed.

BF group with peer support Breastfeeding Peer Support available during another activity

  • Drop in
  • One to one
  • Mum to Mum support from a trained volunteer peer supporter

Breastfeeding Group with peer supporters.

These are social drop-in groups. All pregnant and breastfeeding women and their families are welcome and there are trained volunteer peer supporters available to provide information and Mother to Mother support about breastfeeding. Peer supporters often have their young children present so one to one support may be limited but they will be able to offer you alternative help and support if you have problems.

pink Breastfeeding Group with Volunteer Peer Supporter

  • Drop in
  • One to one
  • A social group
  • Mum to Mum support from a trained volunteer peer supporter

Breastfeeding groups with Breastfeeding Counsellor.

These are social drop-in groups. All pregnant and breastfeeding women are welcome and there is also a trained breastfeeding counsellor available to provide information and help for breastfeeding mothers having problems. Often volunteer peer supporters are also there to provide additional Mother to Mother support. Some Breastfeeding Counsellors are able to complete tongue-tie assessments and refer to get the procedure done. Click HERE to find out more about the tongue-tie services in Kent.

blue Breastfeeding Group with Breastfeeding Counsellor

  • Drop in
  • One to one
  • A social group
  • Mum to Mum support from a trained volunteer peer supporter
  • Help with breastfeeding problems from a trained breastfeeding counsellor

Breastfeeding group with Lactation Consultant

These are social drop-in groups but have a focus on problem-solving with peer supporters and Lactation Consultants (on occasion breastfeeding counsellors) present. Lactation Consultants are allied health professionals who specialise in the clinical management of breastfeeding.)

These groups can be busy so your patience is appreciated whilst the Lactation Consultant sees you one to one in the group or a quiet room if available. Lactation Consultants can also complete tongue-tie assessments and referrals for tongue-tie procedures. Click HERE to find out more about the tongue-tie services in Kent.

red Breastfeeding Group with Lactation Consultant

  • Drop in
  • One to one
  • A social group
  • Mum to Mum support from a trained volunteer peer supporter
  • Help with complex breastfeeding problems (including tongue-tie assessment) from a Lactation Consultant

Bookable Breastfeeding clinics

These are by prior appointment only to see the Lactation Consultant one to one. If you are having breastfeeding problems and would like a dedicated appointment time then this would be the right service for you. The Lactation Consultant would like to have contact with your healthcare professional prior to this appointment so that they can provide the best support for your circumstances. Lactation Consultants can complete tongue-tie assessments and referrals for tongue tie procedures. Click HERE to find out more about the tongue-tie service in Kent.

brown Breastfeeding Clinic

  • Appointment only
  • One to one
  • Help with complex breastfeeding problems (including tongue-tie assessment) from a Lactation Consultant

Community Breastfeeding Groups

These are breastfeeding services provided throughout Kent by charities and agencies that are not funded by Kent County Council. At many of these groups you will find trained breastfeeding professionals and peer supporters so check beforehand if you need to speak to a breastfeeding professional to find out who will be available on the day. Meetings take place in a variety of venues throughout Kent so check before you arrive in case you need a private address.

green Community Breastfeeding Group

  • Drop in
  • Social Group
  • One to one
  • Mum to Mum support from a trained volunteer peer supporter
  • Help with breastfeeding problems from a trained breastfeeding counsellor (call to check)