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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic - Updated 20 April 2020

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

If you are worried about your baby or yourself, please contact your midwifery or health visiting team, or NHS 111 (999 if it's an emergency). GPs and hospitals are also still there to support you. Please don't delay contacting them if you are worried. 

OBS is still here to help you! 1 to 1 help by phone or video is available!

OBS video support

While our drop-ins are suspended we are offering phone & video support slots with an OBS facilitator. These are prioritised for families most in need, who need urgent support with a more complex feeding issue and can't find what they need elsewhere. The slots each last about 20 minutes and are usually offered via Zoom (you can download it for free here). The first step is sending a Help Request. This will be assessed by one of our facilitator team who will get back to you as soon as possible with an invitation to book a virtual 1:1 slot or other suggestions. We will not usually offer more than one slot to the same family, unless there are significant concerns about the health of the mother or baby.

 

Send and OBS Help Request


Other ways to get Breastfeeding Support during the Covid-19 Pandemic

OBS private Facebook Group

A women-only Facebook group, for anyone local who is pregnant, breastfeeding, expressing milk or trying to, to any extent. This is our preferred method of supporting families while our drop-in sessions are closed. This is because we can support many people with similar issues at the same time, and members can support each other - just like in OBS sessions. This is also the fastest way to get support.

Every question posted on the group is answered by a member of the OBS team (facilitator or accredited OBS volunteer). Other group members may also have ideas that might be helpful, and you will hear about their experiences, which may be similar to yours.

If you would prefer to post anonymously, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a private message via our Facebook page.  We will let you know when your question has been posted, so you can check for replies on the group.

Facebook Happy Hours

If you are missing the social support that you normally find at our drop-ins, we are holding Facebook Happy Hours on our Facebook group (area families only, pregnant/breastfeeding/lactating people only) on Mondays from 11 am till noon. Chat and ask questions in real time!

OBS Facebook Happy Hour


OBS Recommended Resources webpage

For evidence-based breastfeeding information on many common topics, please see our Recommended Resources page.


General breastfeeding websites

Kellymom - excellent search facility, well referenced, huge range of topics.
La Leche League GB - good basic breastfeeding information aimed at UK families.

 

Other breastfeeding support organisations

These services are staffed by trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors.

La Leche League Oxfordshire Virtual support group meetings and 1:1 help by phone, email and online from local breastfeeding counsellors

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212,  9.30 am - 9.30pm daily.  Live web chat also available. 

NCT Helpline 0300 330 0700, 8am - midnight daily.

La Leche League GB Helpline 0345 120 2918, 8am - 11pm daily. Live webchat and online help forms.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Mental Health Resources

Resources from our friends at The Motherkind Café, Oxford and The Oxford Parent Infant Partnership (OXPIP)

Motherkind Oxford Resources for coping with the current situation

Motherkind Oxford Psychological first aid for anxiety

Motherkind Oxford Mindfulness with baby

OXPIP Ideas for parents to take emotional care of themselves and their children

OXPIP Information about services during Covid-19

Medication use while breastfeeding

Please check the free online factsheets from the Breastfeeding Network first. If you can’t find what you need, contact their Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service (via email or Facebook).

You can also look up medications on

NHS/health services

Your midwifery or health visiting team

The Infant Feeding Team (John Radcliffe, Horton and Chipping Norton hospitals)

These services are less available than usual, but they may still be able to help by phone.

Private breastfeeding support

OBS does not recommend any specific private practitioners

Find a private International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Find a Tongue Tie Practitioner

Downloadable Information Sheets

Breastfeeding support during the the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak updated 14 April 2020

General OBS information sheet about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) 4 March 2020