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We have got 6 face to face breastfeeding support groups, please see here for the latest opening hours   Breastfeeding in North Somerset Support Groups Opening Hours

  • Portishead Children's Centre, St. Barnabas Centre, West Hill, Portishead, BS20 6LN

    Tuesdays, 10:00am – 11:30am

    Tel: 01275 884 001

  • Clevedon Children's Centre, The Barn, Great Western Road, Clevedon, BS21 6HB

    Wednesdays, 11am – 12.30pm

    Tel: 01934 426 440

  • South Weston Children's Centre, For All Healthy Living Centre, 68 Lonsdale Avenue, W-S-M, BS23 3SJ

    Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm

    Tel: 01934 427550

    Email :

  • Worle Library and Children's Centre, Mendip Avenue, Worle, W-S-M, BS22 6HN

    Thursdays, 9:30am -11:00am

    Tel: 01934 426 618

  • Nailsea and Backwell Children's Centre, Pound Lane, Nailsea, BS48 2NP

    Fridays 10.00am -11:30am


  •  Peer Support @LAMBS, Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, BS41 9DP

     2nd & 4th Wednesdays 11.00am-1.00pm - Term Time Only 

You can get also get infant feeding support in a variety of other ways:

  • Contact your midwife or health visitor who will be happy to discuss feeding with you 
  • Join your local Facebook group for virtual support from local trained mums. (links below) Our peer supporters understand the challenges you might be facing and are on hand to answer your questions however small or just to have a chat about how things are going :-)
  • Our breastfeeding specialist clinic is run by our team of Specialist Infant feeding Health Visitors, so if you are in need of additional support please ask to be referred by your health professional or contact the Health Visiting service on 0300 1255060
  • National Breastfeeding Helpline are open every day of the year 9.30am to 9.30pm on the phone or via webchat
  • You will also find lots of information and links to video clips below that might be helpful

Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months and continued breastfeeding alongside solid foods for at least the first two years and beyond. This will give your baby the best start in life. However, any amount of your breastmilk will always be good for your baby's health and wellbeing. If you would like to know more about the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby please refer to our 'Essential guide to feeding & caring for your baby'.   

Breastfeeding support in North Somerset

There are lots of ways to access friendly breastfeeding support in North Somerset. Midwives, health visitors and local trained peer supporters are here to help you. They can give you lots of information and support if you need it.

Midwifery & Health visiting services

Your Midwife and Health Visitor will be able to provide you with information and support about feeding your baby.  Both midwifery and health visiting services offer specialist infant feeding clinics which you can be referred to if you need more specialist help.  

You can find contact details for your local midwifery team through the hospital website.

Contact your local health visitor team on  0300 1255060

Breastfeeding support groups

Breastfeeding support groups welcome all expectant mums and any mum who is breastfeeding or giving any amount of breastmilk to her baby. All the support groups are friendly and welcoming and run by local peer supporters in conjunction with North Somerset Children’s Centres.

Peer support is available from mums who have had experience of breastfeeding and who have had training to provide mother to mother support for breastfeeding. If you are interested in training as a volunteer breastfeeding peer supporter and supporting local women on their  breastfeeding journey please contact us for further information on and look at our information page on Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Training

All groups are very welcoming to new mums, you don’t have to have a problem to attend. Groups can be great for moral support, company from like-minded mums and to borrow resources and get information. Partners or other supporters are welcome to come with you and older children are also welcome, with toys and books available to keep them entertained.

For more information on when and where your local support group meets ask at your local Children’s Centre, or join your local Facebook group:

The Facebook groups are run by volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters and provide information and support between weekly groups. They're a great place to post a question, get reassurance and connect with other breastfeeding mums in your area.

You can also call the National Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212, for immediate breastfeeding support (available 9:30am-9:30pm every day).

Infant feeding information

There is lots of information available about feeding and caring for your baby and you may find the following leaflets helpful. Your Children’s Centre will have hard copies of all of these leaflets if you need them.

You may also want to watch 'From Bump to Breastfeeding' video clips online to hear real mothers' stories, find out how to get started with breastfeeding, positioning and attachment tips, how to hand express and practical answers to the common problems.

Early breastfeeding & relationship building

Introducing solid foods

Returning to work or study while breastfeeding

Many women continue to breastfeed when they return to work or study. How this will work depends partly on the age of your baby and your working patterns but you will find lots of information in the leaflet below and your local peer support group will be happy to talk through all your options and any concerns you may have to find something that works well for you and your baby.

 Responsive bottle feeding

 If you are offering your baby expressed breastmilk or formula milk from a bottle or mixed feeding:

 Alcohol, smoking & medicines

If you have any questions around alcohol, smoking or taking medicines whilst breastfeeding please consult your health professional in the first instance. There is also some reliable information in the leaflet and weblinks below:

Breastfeeding out and about

Our breastfeeding groups are a great place to try your first feed out of the house and build confidence in feeding away from home. Peer supporters can also give you hints and tips on what to wear to make you feel more comfortable as well as particularly welcoming local places to go. Some groups also organise 'out and about' meet ups where breastfeeding women and their babies can meet up at a local cafe.

Breastfeeding mothers have a legal right to feed their baby wherever they would like to. However, in North Somerset, local venues can choose to be part of the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme. Any businesses or venues signed up to this scheme are showing their commitment to support breastfeeding women and make their visit more comfortable. Venues that support the scheme will display the Breastfeeding Welcome logo (at the top of this page) on their premises. Our list of Breastfeeding Welcome Venues  is regularly updated with new venues. 

Breastfeeding Welcome, information for businesses

We would like to thank those venues that are “Breastfeeding Welcome” for their ongoing support! Joining the scheme is free, and a great way to attract new mums and their families to your business. If you are interested in joining the scheme or know of anywhere that you think would be interested in signing up, then please email us at for more information.

UNICEF Baby friendly initiative

All Midwifery, Health Visiting and Children's Centre services that serve North Somerset are fully accredited by UNICEF as baby friendly. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative aims to ensure that the best standards are implemented for infant feeding and relationship building. For more information please see the North Somerset Infant feeding policy in the downloads section and the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative webite.

Other sources of information

If you need any further information on feeding or caring for your baby then you may find the following trusted websites/organisations useful



Who to contact

Contact Name
Infant Feeding Team
Contact Position
North Somerset Public Health
01275 888 202

Where to go

Breastfeeding Welcome - Public Health
People and Communities, North Somerset Council
Tickenham Road
North Somerset
BS21 6FW
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