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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak - Updated 16 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes symptoms similar to the common cold and flu but is more likely to have more severe symptoms in people with low or weak immune systems and people who suffer with long term health conditions. Check the latest UK Government information on the outbreak

All of our drop-ins are currently suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

OBS is still here to help you!

Please see our Coronavirus page for more information about support we will provide. While our drop-ins are suspended OBS Facilitators are providing 1 to 1 support by video. The first step is submitting a Help Request.

OBS video support

OBS Breastfeeding Support During Covid 19 page 1

OBS Breastfeeding Support during Covid-19 page 2

Listening Exercises

Many thanks to all those who participated in our local families Listening Exercise, run by our lovely Oxford Hub team (pictured below). We'd now like to hear from health professionals and other feeding supporters who are working with new families in Oxfordshire. We want to know what we can do better and how we can do more for families who are least likely to breastfeed. You can answer as an individual or on behalf of your organisation, whether or not you have ever heard of or referred families to OBS. We'd appreciate your help to disseminate this survey to as many health professional colleagues as possible.

The survey link is here and the closing day is Friday March 20th

OBS Oxford Hub Team

Our 2020 Oxford Hub team Andrew, Basma & Alyssa

We have BIG NEWS to share!

OBS Lottery Annoucement

OBS has been given a major award from the The National Lottery Community Fund.

The 5-year grant will secure funding for our new drop-in sessions in Barton and Didcot and help us launch a brand-new drop-in outside of Oxford from April next year. We will use the fund to widen access to our support, whoever you are and however you are feeding your baby. Thanks to Lottery players, we’ll be able to support even more families, but we also need to keep fundraising hard for our other four Oxford drop-in sessions and all our other work.

If, like the Lottery, you believe in OBS, please consider making even a small monthly donation.

Coverage in the Oxford Mail & on BBC South Today

What we do

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support provides local breastfeeding support in the community in weekly drop-ins in and around Oxford, facilitated by experienced IBCLCs and breastfeeding support workers, and supported by specially trained volunteer peer supporters.

Come for help with specific issues or just to hang out with other breastfeeding mothers. Drop-ins are free to attend and partners and other supporters are welcome. You can read about what to expect and how we've helped local families. Hope to see you soon!

 

Breastfeeding mother and baby sitting with OBS facilitator