What to expect at an OBS Drop-In session
Every session is run by an appropriately qualified facilitator, who will be wearing a purple apron. All our regular facilitators are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), or experienced breastfeeding support workers who are preparing for this qualification. Cover facilitation may be provided by other IBCLCs or experienced breastfeeding counsellors when the regular team are unavailable, e.g. during peak holiday times.
Our sessions run 48 weeks a year, with a week’s break each during the Christmas and Easter holidays, and two weeks in the summer. See our timetable page for closure dates.
Our sessions are supported by volunteers (wearing blue aprons), including peer supporters, breastfeeding counsellors and health professionals. You can find out more about the various levels of training in breastfeeding support in this table.
You can expect a friendly welcome from our team, and from other visiting families. Fathers and co-parents, grandparents, other family members, friends and supporters and older children are very welcome at our sessions. If you are not comfortable feeding in front of male visitors, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.
The most valuable support for breastfeeding is often from experienced breastfeeding mothers, and an important part of our mission is to connect families with each other. You don’t have to have a problem to come to a session - you are very welcome to come to socialise with other families, and to come to as many sessions as you like. Many families come to multiple weekly sessions while they are getting started with breastfeeding.
If you do have a breastfeeding problem, we have the skills to help, and to signpost you to other services as necessary.
Our sessions can be busy! We try to see families in the order in which they arrive, but if a baby and/or mother is distressed, or has an urgent problem, we will prioritise them. Please let one of the team know if you need to see a facilitator and have to leave before the end of the session.
Basic refreshments e.g. tea and coffee are usually provided; this may vary between sessions. You are welcome to bring your own snacks if you would like to.