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Infant Feeding and Breastfeeding

Baby Friendly Accreditation logoEssential Guide to feeding and caring for your baby

The following Essential Guide has been produced by Real Baby Milk. Our Infant Feeding Coordinator is part of the team that produces it. The guide is included in packs for new parents and can also be viewed or downloaded below.

Download or view the Essential Guide

Useful videos and resources

Unicef produce useful resources to support parents and practitioners.

View the Unicef videos and resources

Breastfeeding Peer Support in Cornwall

Graphic showing a mum and baby with a peer supporterMother to mother, parent to parent, support for all families

  • Friendly, welcoming breastfeeding support groups in your local Family Hub and online via our Facebook group
  • Led by trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporters who have breastfed / chest fed their own children
  • Reliable, evidence-based information for all mums and parents-to-be, breastfeeding / chest feeding and combination feeding families 

Information you can trust

We want to empower you to feel confident in feeding your baby, no matter how much breastmilk they have or how you do it.

We are here for you!

Your Midwife and Health Visitor will also help you with breastfeeding, if in doubt, please ask.

Breastfeeding Peer Support on Facebook

Our Breastfeeding Support in Cornwall Facebook group is run by:

  • the Infant Feeding Peer Support Coordinator team, and
  • the Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers

They can answer your queries and offer evidence-based information. They also support the community of breastfeeding families across Cornwall.

Join the Facebook group

  • The Peer Supporter will keep your queries confidential. We ask that you do not share the information in this group anywhere else
  • Safeguarding concerns will be referred to a safeguarding officer
  • Please agree to the group rules before participating, thank you
  • This group is for socialising with other parents, sharing information and supporting each other. So please be kind, be courteous, be supportive
  • Do you have concerns that you wish to be addressed by the page admins (the Peer Support Coordinators)? If so, please click the dots in the top right hand corner of the post
  • Anything deemed unacceptable will be deleted
  • Any breach of these guidelines may result in you being removed from the group
  • Your posts and comments will not be stored on any Council servers. For information on Cornwall Council data view how we use your information to provide services.

Community Based Drop-in Groups

Our groups run at various locations across Cornwall. They aim to offer support with breastfeeding and enable you to meet other breastfeeding parents in a friendly and relaxed environment. They are led by trained Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers and supported by the local health visiting teams.

Everyone who is giving breastmilk to their child or planning to do so in future is welcome. Attending our groups whilst pregnant is encouraged to help you get breastfeeding off to the best possible start.

You are warmly welcomed to drop in to our groups. You can view the days, times and locations using the links below.  You don't have to prebook, but you can if you wish to using the link in the blue button. Families who drop in will be able to register their details at group. All data collected is held within GDPR guidelines.

Book on to a session

If you would like to be part of the Breastfeeding Peer Support team in your local area, get in touch!

We are always looking for new volunteers.

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are mothers/parents who have breastfed / chestfed their own children. They have completed a training program empowering them to support families by offering evidence-based information. They work closely with the Health Visiting Teams and alongside Midwifery. All volunteers are DBS checked and have regular update training.  They are the heart of our service, providing a warm and non-judgemental atmosphere.

We run training courses several times a year, please email to find out more.

Maternity Services: 01872 258000

Cornwall Health Visiting: 01872 322779

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453

La Leche League: 0345 120 2918

National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300 330 0700

The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421

We are taking part in a national study to find out how we can help families feed their babies successfully and confidently. You can find out more and take part on the ABA-feed website, or view the short film below for more information.

Take part in the ABA-feed study

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