Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the healthiest and most natural option for you and your baby. By deciding to breastfeed, you’ll be giving your child the best possible start in life.

Any period of breastfeeding, however short, will benefit your baby, but the maximum benefits are gained by feeding breast milk and nothing else until around six months, and then continuing to breastfeed along with their weaning diet until your baby is two years old or beyond.

For further information on getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start visit here.  

Breast Feeding Support Groups

Breastfeeding mums need everyone’s support. Partners especially play an important role in help mums to continue breastfeeding. 

Breastfeeding Groups can give great support to new mums. Mums can get lots of information, help and advice and the groups are a great way to meet new mums. There are a number of breastfeeding support groups throughout the Western Area. These groups are open to all breastfeeding mums. If you would like more information about breastfeeding come along to a breastfeeding group before you have your baby. 

Click here to find out more about local breastfeeding support groups within the Western Trust areas.

Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers

Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers provide a vital role in supporting breastfeeding mums. A Peer Support Volunteer is a mum with experience breastfeeding, who has completed her OCN Accreditation in supporting breastfeeding mums. They regularly attend antenatal classes, the post-natal ward and Breastfeeding Support Groups and offer support and information to new Mums and Mums-to-be.

New mums can be linked with a peer mum as soon as leaving hospital.  If would like to talk to a Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer contact:

  • Peer Support Co-ordinator (Derry, Limavady & Strabane), Altnagelvin Hospital, 028 7134 5171 ext 214839 or 07795043205
  • Peer Support Co-ordinator (Omagh & Fermanagh), South West Acute Hospital, 028 6638 2000 Maternity Unit or 07816758780

If you want more information about breastfeeding or breastfeeding activities in your area contact your local midwife, health visitor, breastfeeding support group or visit www.breastfedbabies.org.

The Health Improvement Department provide a range of free information leaflets and training opportunities.  

To view our catalgoue of leaflets click here.

To view our Training Brochure click here.