Infant feeding

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Feeding and caring for your baby

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Breastfeeding Information and Support Cornwall (BISC)

Mother to mother support for all families

Local breastfeeding support

Friendly, welcoming breastfeeding support groups in your local Family Hub and online.

  • Led by trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporters who have breastfed their own children
  • Reliable, evidence-based information for all mums-to-be, breastfeeding 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.

  • 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

Community Based Drop-in Groups

These are welcoming, inclusive groups throughout Cornwall. They are run by trained Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers, supported by the local health visiting teams.

For everyone who is giving breastmilk to their child or planning to do so in future is welcome.

Many of our groups run in line with baby drop-in clinics or weighing facilities.

Breastfeeding Peer Support Groups

One-to-one Peer Support

Confidential, friendly and non-judgemental breastfeeding peer support video calls.

For appointments contact us by email Breastfeeding@cornwall.gov.uk or phone the Health Visiting advice line: 01872 322779

Each appointment is run by Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers:

  • These appointments are run by trained Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers
  • Everything you say in the session is treated confidentiality by the peer supporters
  • Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are trained in Safeguarding. If we have concerns about somebody’s safety or well-being, we will refer this on to ensure the right support is provided
  • The appointments are for everyone who is giving any breastmilk to their baby or is considering doing so in future
  • We value your privacy and we do not record these sessions.
  • You do not need to create and account or log in, but if you are on a mobile you may need to download the app

By accepting a meeting through Microsoft Teams, you are consenting for the Health Visiting and School Nursing team to call you via video conferencing. If answering from a 3G/4G enabled device, this will use your personal data. Please connect via unlimited Wi-Fi to avoid excess data charges.

Your video conference will not recorded or stored on any Council servers. A written summary of the conference will be documented on our internal systems.
For more information on how Cornwall Council uses your data, please view how we use your information to provide services.

There is no need to create an account or to log in.

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.

Visit the Facebook pageThe 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.

Download the Breastfeeding Peer Support Poster

Interested in Volunteering with us?

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 us to find out more.

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