OBS is here to help!
Our face to face drop-ins remain suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
One to one help is available by video and phone
OBS Facilitators are providing FREE 1 to 1 support by video or phone for more complex feeding issues. The first step is submitting a Help Request.
Your Help Request will be assessed by an OBS facilitator. We would like to be able to offer a 1:1 consultation (by Zoom or phone) with our facilitator team to everyone who sends in a help request form. If there is high demand, this may not be possible. If we are unable to offer you a 1:1 consultation, we will email you with information relevant to your feeding issues, and suggestions of other ways to find support, such as our Virtual Support Group.
We will respond to your Help Request by email as soon as possible, usually within 12 hours and usually sooner. We can sometimes offer appointments on the day we receive the form, so please check your email! Please check your junk/spam folder if you have not heard from us within 12 hours of submitting this form.
OBS Virtual Zoom Group
We run a group support session every Thursday afternoon where you can get support from our specialist facilitators, trained volunteers and other mothers. Please see the OBS Group page for details and the link to register.
OBS private Facebook Group
The quickest way to get support from OBS is in our friendly, private, Facebook group, which is closely moderated by our team. This is a group for anyone in Oxfordshire who is pregnant, breastfeeding/providing their milk for a baby, to any extent, or aiming to do so. We can also help you work through your experience after breastfeeding/lactation has ended. Please note that we do not have capacity to support families from outside Oxfordshire unless their babies were born here or they get their primary care from Oxford Health.
We strive to keep our group friendly and respectful. Every baby is different and there is no single "correct" way to be a parent. We all need to be heard and thrive on encouragement. Please keep this in mind in your posts. The focus is on supporting each other to feed our babies in accordance with our own feeding goals. We hope that group members will be generous with their support. Information and views expressed by group members are not necessarily endorsed by OBS.
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. Please read the group guidelines and read some recent discussion threads before posting. We have collected information about the issues we are asked most about as group "topics", which you can search for and read through. Did you also know you can post anonymously?
Other sources of Breastfeeding Support
OBS Recommended Resources webpage
For evidence-based breastfeeding information on many common topics, please see our Recommended Resources page. We you find resources specifically for health professionals on our page for Observing Students & Health Professionals.
General breastfeeding websites
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.
Mental Health Resources
Medication use while breastfeeding
You can also look up medications on
- UK drugs in lactation advisory service
- LactMed database from the US National Library of Medicine
- e-Lactancia (from Spain, but available in English)
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