Suffolk Babies do not provide an antenatal breastfeeding workshop ourselves, this is provided by Ipswich Hospital Trust Midwifery Service, the details of which are below. There are many sources of support and advice for breastfeeding mothers, and support groups run regularly across the county. We have just listed the Latch Patch below, as it runs at Suffolk Babies, but please contact your local Children’s Centre for information on what is available in your area.

Preparation for Feeding your Baby Workshop

Provided by the Ipswich Hospital Trust Midwifery Service—Baby Friendly Accredited.

Feeding workshops are facilitated to help you make a decision about how to feed your baby when he/she arrives. This is an opportunity to discuss your options and have your questions answered in a relaxed atmosphere. Partners can attend as well if they wish. In this workshop we cover:

  • Making a choice on how to feed your baby – influences and barriers
  • Why breast milk is important for babies and mothers
  • Building a strong relationship – the role of skin to skin and an early first feed
  • Making milk and positioning baby for feeds
  • Feeding responsively for all babies. Hand expression – when it might be useful
  • Knowing that baby is getting milk – the first two weeks
  • DVD demonstrating good positioning and attachment
  • Opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions
  • Information on support available locally
  • DVD demonstrating good positioning and attachment
  • Opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions
  • Information on support available locally

It is useful to book a place by 28 weeks of pregnancy . Your midwife / maternity support worker can tell you how to book.

Workshops are usually a 2 ½ hour session.

You may also be able to book through your local Children’s Centre. For a list of all Children’s Centres in Suffolk and their contact details, see here.

Please also see Ipswich Hospital’s page on Feeding your Baby and Breastfeeding Support. which has useful information, and leaflets to download, as well as useful contacts.

If you are registered at a different hospital to Ipswich, please contact your Midwife to find out what is available in your area.

Your local Children’s Centre

Children’s Centres run weekly drop-in sessions where you can speak to a Health Visitor about any concerns. Staff running various groups will also be able to provide advice and support. Children’s Centres also run Weaning Workshops.

To register with your local Children’s Centre, you can do this online here.

To find your local Children’s Centre and their contact details, timetable etc, see here.

The Latch Patch at Suffolk Babies

A support group for breastfeeding mothers, with babies/children of any age. Come for impartial advice and support, help with issues, and a drink and a snack in a friendly, relaxed environment.

The group runs term time only, on Wednesday mornings, 10am-12pm. For more details, see here.

For online advice/support, please join the facebook group, Ipswich Breastfeeding Mamas UK.

Other sources of support

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN)
Helpline: 0300 100 0210, open 9.30 am – 9.30 pm, seven days a week.
Website: Here you can find out more about the BfN and access leaflets and publications which can be downloaded.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline
Helpline: 0300 100 0212, open 9.30 am – 9.30 pm, seven days a week.
Staffed by trained peer supporters who have fed their own babies. You will be connected to a local supporter if you use a landline as the system recognises your area code.

La Leche League
Helpline: 0845 120 2918

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
Helpline: 0300 330 0700, open 8 am – 10 pm.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Helpline: 0300 330 5453

Arrival Breastfeeding Support

Arrival Early Partnerships CIC is a non profit making Community Interest Company (Social Enterprise).

Our aim is to provide timely support, and so reduce the likelihood of families facing confusing struggles, and perhaps reducing or stopping their breastfeeding, before they would have otherwise chosen to.

We are able to visit your home during the first days and weeks after birth to offer clear, practical and non judgemental help and advice.

You can access our Services by ringing us direct on 07716 878865 / 01728 831882 and booking a consultation in your home at a cost of £40 for a one and a half hour consultation.   We will always endeavour to visit your home within 24 hours.

Marlene and Jacqui are always available to talk with you and listen to your questions and concerns and give expert lactation advice and support, do not hesitate to contact us.