“Breastfeeding Welcome” places in North Hampshire – Feb 2015

I’ve noticed a lot of “breastfeeding friendly” signs in the area recently.

It’s so awesome to see these signs out and about.

I’ve been meaning to try to find more details about this for ages but I only stumbled on the website below because of something that someone else mentioned on another post.

Thank you very much to Fran and Sarah for inspiring this post after our discussion on the Cafe Project post I recently published and thank you for providing the link to the website below. 

“Breastfeeding Welcome” places in North Hampshire

If you are looking for details about breastfeeding in public in Basingstoke and Deane or are a business that would like to participate, check out the following website:

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/breastfeeding

Also, they have links to pdf’s about current Breastfeeding support in Basingstoke (YAY! I’ve finally found the original source!!) and participating businesses:

Participating Businesses: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/content/page/51474/Breastfeeding%20Scheme%20-%20July%202017.pdf

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Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke – Feb 2015

Need support with breastfeeding?

These are community drop ins which are all run by diploma trained breastfeeding counsellors in Basingstoke, Andover, Eastleigh, Winchester and Southampton.

BASINGSTOKE and surrounds

(For more info contact Fiona 01256 334343, Mindy 07769 040509, Sarah 01256 321890 or message us on Facebook:

Basingstoke, Chineham

Every Monday 9:30 to 11:30 at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Sarah (see above)

Overton

2nd, 4th & 5th Mondays of month at Overton Children’s Centre (in the library, Community Centre, Overton RG25 3HB) 10 – 11:30 alongside the stay and play session. Sometimes runs in the holidays (depends on Children’s Centre play session) so check with Mindy (see above)

Whitchurch

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month at the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch RG28 7HP 10 – 11.30 am alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Mindy (see above)

Tadley

Every Tuesday 9:30 – 11 at the Home Tree Children’s Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN. Alongside the health visitor clinic, Contact Fiona (see above)

Kingsclere

Fourth Thursday of the month alongside health visitor clinic – all welcome, 2pm – 3pm at Kingsclere Medical Practice, North St, Kingsclere, RG20 5QX. Contact Mindy (see above)

Basingstoke, Brookvale

Every Friday (50 weeks of year) 10am to 11:30am at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU. Bra fitting available 1st & 3rd weeks of month. Fiona or Sarah (see above)

ANDOVER

Every Tuesday 10.00-11.30am and every Friday 1 – 2:30pm at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP. Tel: 01264 336718 or Paula (01256 892938) (Also 4th Wednesday 10.00-12.00 in term time)

EASTLEIGH

Borough Council funded drop-ins facilitated by nct trained breastfeeding counsellors

Every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm at the Chamberlayne Children’s Centre, Eastleigh, SO50 5JL Tel. 02380 684990 or Julie 07843 928631 or Nicole 07717 790238

Every Friday, 10 – 11.30am at the Aviary Children’s Centre, SO50 9JW Tel 02380 626960 or Jane 07824-375871 or Jennie 07502 213811

It is not necessary to make an appointment, just turn up! If you need to bring other children with you, of course they are welcome.

WINCHESTER

nct B.A.B.I.E.S. (Babies and Breastfeeding, Information, Encouragement, Support)

Every Wednesday 9.30-12 at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd, Winchester SO22 6AJ Tel 01962 893602 or Jane 07824 375871 or Jennie 07502 213811

It is not necessary to make an appointment, just turn up! If you need to bring other children with you, of course they are welcome.

SOUTHAMPTON

Monday, 13:00 to 14:30, Baby Café Townhill Park, at Cutbush Children’s Centre, Cutbush Lane, Townhill Park, SO18 2GF. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Tuesday, 9:15 to 11:15, NCT breastfeeding drop-in at The Salvation Army Church and Community Centre, 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, SO30 2GL (alongside the Baby Clinic).
Contact Jo Daniels on sotonbfc@nct.org.uk for more info

Thursday, 9:30 to 11:00, Baby Café at The Warren Centre, Chestnut Rd, Shirely Warren, SO16 6BR. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Extra Support 

National NCT Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 300 0700 (8am to midnight every day)

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellors are paid to work on the line. If you have to leave a message, calls are generally returned within 2 hours.

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Top Tip 10: Hiring a Breast Pump

Did you know that you can hire a breast pump from the NCT?

For more details, scroll down the following web page HERE and click on the “breast pumps” hyper link.

After seeing this post, Clare added the following comment:

Hi, I’m Clare, the local NCT Breast Pump Agent and a NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor.

I hire Ameda Elite Pumps. These are hospital grade pumps that can be used to express from either one breast or both breasts at the same time.

The cost of hire is £1.40 a day with a minimum hire period of 7 days. You also have to purchase the collection bottles with the pump at the cost of £11.00 for one or £17.50 for two.

If you require any further information please feel free to contact me on breastpumps@basingstokenct.org.uk.

Thanks so much for the details Clare!

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Mindy sent me a message letting me know the full listing of breastfeeding support in Basingstoke.

Apologies to the Mum who found the details on a historical NHM post that are now out of date. Hopefully this post will help!

Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke

More help needed!! Some of our Basingstoke breastfeeding drop ins have changed in the last 6 months with at least one new addition so I thought it was time to give you the full listing – they are listed according to day of the week and I have also added Andover and Winchester for those of you who are in that direction.

Anyone, wherever they live is welcome to attend for support. Note that some locations have a reduced service in holiday periods so please check this facebook page (Hampshire Breastfeeding Counselling) or message us for full details if you are unsure.

Breastfeeding Drop-Ins: One-to-one support available from qualified and registered NCT trained Breastfeeding Counsellors. No appointment necessary, just turn up. Come and register with us antenatally and discuss any feeding questions. Contact numbers at the end or follow this facebook page for details.

Basingstoke, Chineham: Every Monday 9:30 to 11:30am at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT alongside the health visitor clinic.

Overton: 2nd, 4th & 5th Mondays of month at Overton Children’s Centre (in the library, Community Centre, Overton RG25 3HB) 10 –11:30am. Alongside the parent and baby / toddler group

Whitchurch: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month at the Gill Nethercote Centre in Whitchurch RG28 7HP 10 – 11.30 am, alongside the health visitor clinic

Tadley: Every Tuesday 9:30am – 11am at the Home Tree Children’s Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN. Tel: 0118 982 1571. Alongside the health visitor clinic

Winchester BABIES: Every Wednesday 9:30am to 12:00pm at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Road, Winchester SO22 6AJ.

Kingsclere: Every Thursday 2pm – 3pm at Kingsclere Medical Practice, North St, Kingsclere, RG20 5QX. Alongside the health visitor clinic once a month and alongside “Kingsclere Moms” on the other weeks

Andover: Every Friday 1pm – 2:30pm at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP. Tel: 01264 336718

Basingstoke, Brookvale: Every Friday 10am to 11:30am at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU.

For further information, you can contact:

Fiona 01256 334343 (Tadley, Basingstoke)

Mindy 07769 040509 (Overton, Whitchurch, Kingsclere)

Sarah 01256 321890 (Basingstoke Brookvale and Chineham), Jane 07824 375871 (Winchester), Jennie 07502 213811 (Winchester), Paula 01256 892938 (Andover)

You can also contact the team via their Facebook page HERE.

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Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke – Jan 2014

I breastfed my little one for the first 8 months of her life. I’m not one of those Breastfeeding Nazi Mum’s (at least I hope I’m not!) but I wanted to try to do what I thought was the best for my baby. She wasn’t exclusively breastfed as we had several complications. The first 9 weeks of feeding were hellish. However, without the support of the the staff at North Hants Hospital and the Basingstoke Breastfeeding Counsellors we wouldn’t have managed more than a day.

I would have liked to have gone on beyond 8 months but I was forced to return to work when my little one was 5 1/2 months old. By the time she was 8 months old I was so exhausted from having to get up at 6am to express. Nobody mentioned to me that I didn’t need to stop breastfeeding completely, that I could have carried on doing the last feed of the day.

If you are hoping to breastfeed your baby I recommend checking some of the links below in advance of giving birth. I also recommend touching base with one of the breastfeeding counsellors in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, if only so you have a face you recognise if you need to see a counsellor. The counsellors at North Hants Hospital will only allow you to visit them up to your babies 28th day. I know this because I needed an appointment and they wouldn’t make one for me because my baby would have been 29 days old.

So I went to see Rachel at the Baby clinic at Chineham Christchurch. She is lovely and incredibly knowledgable. She picked up on feeding problems that many in the medical profession had missed. I had been to see Rachel in my first few weeks of maternity leave, before my baby was born and I was so glad I had met her before “needing” her support in those first few weeks. I also saw Sarah who was at the Nest, Basingstoke Baptist Church, Brighton Hill. She was so lovely when I collapsed in a heap of tears at about week four when things were just awful.

These ladies and their colleagues do an absolutely fantastic job. I cannot thank them enough for their support during one of the most intense periods of my life. If you are finding breastfeeding a struggle I urge you to reach out to these wonderful ladies.

Another recommendation I would make is that you find out in advance who can take you to the breastfeeding clinics if your partner cannot get time off work and/or you need support after the first two weeks. You never know if you will be able to drive after giving birth (emergency caesarean’s). The Health visitors are great but they cannot come and see you every day. I wish I’d had that list of people I could have called who were able, or prepared, to take me to the clinic when I needed them too. Even a list of taxi numbers would have been a start. Those first few weeks are challenging enough!

Remember though, if you cannot or choose not to breastfeed it DOESN’T make you a bad Mum. I lost sight of this at the beginning and I wish someone had said this to me at the time. Best of luck and if you need help, PLEASE reach out.

Related Links 

“Breastfeeding Welcome” places in North Hampshire – Feb 2015

Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke – Feb 2015

A Map of Breastfeeding support in Hampshire: http://www.breastfeedingcommunity.co.uk/interactivemap/south.htm

The Breast Feeding network – Basingstoke on Facebook is also a great resource and I wish I’d known of it beforehand.

The official Basingstoke Breastfeeding Network web page. Another great resource.

http://bfsupport.me.uk/basingstokewinchesterandover/

Several of the Children’s Centres in Basingstoke also provide breastfeeding support, e.g. Octopus and Pebbles. Click here for details on Children Centres in Basingstoke

Please also see the great comment from Fumblina below about the NCT breastfeeding support in Basingstoke. My bad for not including the NCT in the original post!

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